National pride obscures harsh truth about Sharp deal

| Mar 5, 2016

National pride obscures harsh truth about Sharp deal

An object of pride for Japanese consumers during the 2000s was the so-called Kameyama flat-screen television set manufactured by Sharp. Named after the factory in Mie Prefecture where it was assembled, the LCD-TV came with a sticker attesting to its provenance, and many people ...

Tohoku is literally still waiting to move on

| Mar 5, 2016

Tohoku is literally still waiting to move on

Earlier this month, the NHK travel series, “Tsurube Toasts Families,” in which rakugo (traditional comic storyteller) performer Shofukutei Tsurube and a guest visit a town and talk to residents on an impromptu basis, went to some new communities in the area destroyed by the ...

Participation in society should be barrier-free

| Feb 27, 2016

Participation in society should be barrier-free

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formed a task force last year to promote greater citizen involvement in whatever it is he is trying to accomplish, many people objected to the name of the group. “Ichioku Sokatsuyaku” reminded them of a slogan used before and ...

Peeling back the layers of money politics

| Feb 20, 2016

Peeling back the layers of money politics

Last week the Asahi Shimbun reported on the relationship between Japan’s larger corporations and the Liberal Democratic Party. Since regaining power in 2012, the LDP announced it would cut corporate taxes at rates that are twice those proposed by the previous Democratic Party of ...