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Aug 16, 2013

Nisei renew call for society free of all discrimination

A leading group of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent, including some who suffered internment during World War II, are using their community’s experiences to campaign for a society free of discrimination and prejudice. The Japanese American Citizens League renewed its call for the protection ...

Activist honored for work to bring Japan and U.S. closer

Jun 27, 2013

Activist honored for work to bring Japan and U.S. closer

Floyd Mori, a retired Japanese-American politician, was decorated by Japan last autumn for his decades-long contributions to deepening bilateral relations. “My parents passed away a few years ago. They would’ve been very proud that the country of their birth has honored me,” the 74-year-old ...

Jul 3, 2009

Government gets on board for overseas contracts

The government, looking to take advantage of the global concern over climate change, is getting on board with the private sector in promoting the sale of “super express” bullet trains in the United States and Brazil. In the short term, the government is expected ...

'Cute ambassadors' roam globe to promote Japan's pop culture

Jun 17, 2009

'Cute ambassadors' roam globe to promote Japan's pop culture

Three female “ambassadors of cute” appointed by the Foreign Ministry have started traveling abroad to introduce Japanese pop culture to young people overseas. One of the “kawaii ambassadors,” Shizuka Fujioka, the “magician clothing coordinator” known for her school uniform outfits, took part in an ...

9/11 ban on public still in force at Lower House

Mar 13, 2009

9/11 ban on public still in force at Lower House

Plenary sessions in the House of Representatives remain closed to the public even though the postwar Constitution stipulates otherwise. For more than seven years — ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States — the Diet’s more powerful chamber has ...