Civilian casualties of WWII left out in the cold

| Dec 26, 2015

Civilian casualties of WWII left out in the cold

‘Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film about the late American Olympic athlete Louie Zamperini, will finally receive a theatrical release in Japan next year after inciting the ire of local groups who claim its depiction of Japanese prisoner of war camps is sensationally harsh and ...

Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

| Dec 12, 2015

Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

Several days after a storm caused the Kinugawa River to overflow its banks and destroy communities in Ibaraki Prefecture in September, the infrastructure ministry held on-site meetings to look into what went wrong. One problem was the loss of a sand embankment in the ...

Push for balance can lead to a skewed view

| Dec 5, 2015

Push for balance can lead to a skewed view

In September, public broadcaster NHK aired a documentary that recounted the news events from the capital this summer. One of the segments focused on the continuing protests led by college students in central Tokyo against the controversial security bills the ruling Liberal Democratic Party had ...

<em>Aota-uri</em>: 'green' condominiums to be wary of

| Dec 5, 2015

Aota-uri: 'green' condominiums to be wary of

Each year between 1990, when Japan’s asset bubble burst, and the 2007 recession, about 200,000 new condominium units were added to Japan’s housing stock. After 2007, the number dropped to about 100,000, but, depending on the year, anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 of these ...