Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

/ | Jun 20, 2015

Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

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Schadenfreude, a word of German derivation, is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.” A more succinct definition would be “malicious glee.”“Malicious glee” aptly describes Yukan Fuji’s coverage of ...

U.S. towns pulled into Japanese politics

/ | Apr 25, 2015

U.S. towns pulled into Japanese politics

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A recurring news story over the past several years concerns claims of the harassment of Japanese nationals residing on the East and West coasts of the United States. Most appear to have originated from municipalities where South Korean immigrants and Korean-Americans have successfully campaigned ...

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

/ | Apr 4, 2015

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

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The oft-seen expression ichioku sō-chūryū translates roughly as “the perception of ‘the 100 million,’ i.e., the entire nation, as belonging to the middle class.”This perception was never meant to be all-inclusive — certainly Japan has individuals with extreme wealth and others who suffer from ...