Abe's kanji gaffe makes Twitter's trend tally

Jan 26, 2017

Abe's kanji gaffe makes Twitter's trend tally

Reading kanji characters can be treacherous, and it seems even Prime Minister Shinzo Abe isn’t immune to the pitfalls. Abe has become the butt of online ridicule after misreading a kanji while delivering a speech from a script at an Upper House plenary session ...

New law to fight bias against 'burakumin' seen falling short

| Dec 19, 2016

New law to fight bias against 'burakumin' seen falling short

Overshadowed by the 11th-hour furor over casino legalization and other legislation forced through the Diet by the ruling bloc last week was the enactment of a lesser-known law that has significant implications for Japan’s minority burakumin. The law enacted Dec. 9 marks a turning ...

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

Dec 15, 2016

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

The Diet enacted a law to legalize casinos Thursday morning amid ongoing public concerns over a raft of potential social ills, including surges in gambling addiction and organized crime. For Japan, it seems casino legalization could be equivalent to opening Pandora’s box. The nation ...