Filmmaker wants Japan to remember the 'comfort women'

| Jul 4, 2015

Filmmaker wants Japan to remember the 'comfort women'

NHK recently aired a documentary that touched on the 50th anniversary of normalized relations between South Korea and Japan. The main theme was how after World War II Japan prioritized state-to-state relationships with countries it had invaded during the war. Individual victims were sacrificed ...

Temblors in the home insurance business

| Jul 4, 2015

Temblors in the home insurance business

When we were looking around for a financial institution for a housing loan, we found that the major ones didn’t really want to talk to us, but there were plenty of other places that would. In the end, we went with JA Bank, the ...

Okinawa's lobbyist-in-chief scores a subtle win in Washington

| Jun 27, 2015

Okinawa's lobbyist-in-chief scores a subtle win in Washington

Chie Mikami’s new documentary, “Ikusabanu Todomi” (which loosely translates as “Bring the War to an End”), is about the protests against the new U.S. Marine Corps base in Henoko, Okinawa. Her previous film, “Hyoteki no Mura” (“The Targeted Village”), was about protests against the ...

Home electronics market loses its spark

| Jun 27, 2015

Home electronics market loses its spark

On May 25, Yamada Denki Co., the largest home electronics retailer in Japan, announced that it would be closing 46 outlets. Given that the stores had been losing money for at least a year and Yamada operates more than 1,000, the announcement wasn’t surprising, ...

A final indignity for those who built Japan

| Jun 20, 2015

A final indignity for those who built Japan

The first time I visited the Sanya district in Tokyo’s Taito Ward, I saw a lot of men drunk and passed out in the street and assumed they were all homeless, but as it turned out most worked and rented rooms in the area. ...

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

| Jun 13, 2015

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

The Asahi Shimbun’s online newsmagazine, Webronza, recently featured a conversation between former Asahi reporter Mieko Takenobu and sex-goods purveyor Minori Kitahara. They discussed the latter’s brief imprisonment after being busted for displaying “salacious material” at her store associated with the controversial “vagina artist” Rokudenashiko. ...