Free Hug activist hopes to mend fences in Asia

Aug 14, 2014

Free Hug activist hopes to mend fences in Asia

It was August 2011 when Koichi Kuwabara hit the streets of Seoul with a mission in mind. He stood in the middle of the street, a nervous smile etched across his face, eager to make eye contact with passing pedestrians, as he held up ...

Courts, U.N. shine spotlight on hate speech in Japan

| Aug 4, 2014

Courts, U.N. shine spotlight on hate speech in Japan

Rarely in the history of Japan have public concerns over hate speech appeared so intense and widespread as today. On July 8, the Osaka High Court upheld an unprecedented lower court ruling that denounced as “racial discrimination” the invective spewed by a group of ...

A closer look at the Supreme Court's welfare benefits ruling

| Jul 25, 2014

A closer look at the Supreme Court's welfare benefits ruling

Opinions are divided over how the Supreme Court ruling last week declaring permanent foreign residents of Japan ineligible for welfare payments will affect the foreign communities in Japan. In Japan, welfare benefits comprise public assistance for financially needy people, including monthly stipends for living ...

Welfare ruling stuns foreigners

Jul 19, 2014

Welfare ruling stuns foreigners

The Supreme Court's landmark decision that permanent foreign residents of Japan are not entitled to welfare benefits will discourage municipalities from doling out such aid.

Vagina artist wins release, urges public to challenge taboos

Jul 19, 2014

Vagina artist wins release, urges public to challenge taboos

An artist arrested for distributing 3-D data of her vagina online urged the public to outgrow the perception that female genitalia are taboo or shameful, after being released from police custody on Friday. “I believe this arrest was completely unjust and unreasonable,” said Megumi ...