Justice stalled in brutal death of deportee

| Nov 1, 2011

Justice stalled in brutal death of deportee

Abubakar Awudu Suraj had been in Japan for over two decades when immigration authorities detained him in May 2009. The Ghanaian was told in Yokohama of his deportation to Ghana at 9:15 a.m. on March 22 last year. Six hours later he was dead, ...

Anti-whalers should just stop ...

| Jun 19, 2011

Anti-whalers should just stop ...

Nearly a quarter of a century since Japan began its controversial “research whaling” cull off Antarctica, there was a major development this year in the annual contest of wills between whalers and conservationists. In mid-February, Japan’s whaling fleet was recalled home, with the government ...

Fukushima village on way to becoming ghost town

May 13, 2011

Fukushima village on way to becoming ghost town

Sleepy, idyllic and dangerously irradiated, the village of Iitate is preparing to evacuate. The junior high school is closed, its children bused every day to nearby towns. Tractors sit idle, and weeds poke through rice and cabbage in the fields. Half-empty shelves greet customers ...

Fukushima No. 1's scary shadow

Mar 31, 2011

Fukushima No. 1's scary shadow

FUKUSHIMA — Tetsuo Sakuma has loaded his small pickup with all it can carry. There’s not much of value: a television, some books, boxes of clothes, snatched in haste from a home he may never sleep in again. “We hope to come back, but ...

Mar 25, 2011

Despair engulfs Pakistani asylum seekers

In a ramshackle Yokohama house smelling of damp and rotting wood, Nasir Qadri and his family await their fate. The Pakistani national, his wife, Shaheena, and their five children are asylum seekers who arrived in Japan on Aug. 25, 2009. But although they have ...

Waiting for the WikiLeak dam to break

| Jan 25, 2011

Waiting for the WikiLeak dam to break

Like a giant dose of salts to a bloated and constipated patient, “Cablegate” has scoured its way through the post-9/11 United States empire, exposing its internal workings to merciless scrutiny: In Iraq, U.S. forces and their Iraqi subordinates kill civilians and journalists while their ...

Muslims in shock over police 'terror' leak

| Nov 9, 2010

Muslims in shock over police 'terror' leak

This time last month, Mourad Bendjaballah says he was just another anonymous foreigner living and working in Japan. Today he fears his life here may be over, and receives phone calls from reporters asking him if he is an al-Qaida “terrorist.” “I’ve no idea ...

Sakurai: a very dapper demagogue

| May 18, 2010

Sakurai: a very dapper demagogue

Makoto Sakurai brings to mind that old joke about the man in a pub who says “I’m not racist, but . . . “ He is not against foreigners; he just doesn’t want many of them to come to Japan. The ones who are ...