Veteran mourned by freelancer support group

Feb 1, 2015

Veteran mourned by freelancer support group

The murder of Kenji Goto highlights the dangers facing freelance journalists around the globe who bravely report from the world’s most dangerous conflict zones — but without the institutional backup enjoyed by full-time reporters at mainstream media organizations. Goto was a part of this ...

Kansai spearheads campaign against hate speech

| Jan 25, 2015

Kansai spearheads campaign against hate speech

On Feb. 24, 2013, Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, home to one of Japan’s largest concentrations of ethnic Koreans and in recent years a major tourist destination, was the scene of a shocking incident. The anti-Korean group Zaitokukai had organized a demonstration in the area, shouting ...

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

Jan 17, 2015

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

A crowd of nearly 14,000 gathered at a park early Saturday to light candles in remembrance of those who died. As incense wafted through the air, the dark, chilly morning was pierced by a moment of silence at exactly 5:46 a.m. “I lost my ...

| Jan 17, 2015

Reflections on the Kobe quake two decades on

This year, thousands of Japanese around the country celebrated Coming-of-Age Day. In Kobe, however, the occasion was especially poignant, as those who will turn 20 this year were just days old or, most likely, born after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of Jan. 17, 1995. ...