Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

| Jun 13, 2015

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

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The Asahi Shimbun’s online newsmagazine, Webronza, recently featured a conversation between former Asahi reporter Mieko Takenobu and sex-goods purveyor Minori Kitahara. They discussed the latter’s brief imprisonment after being busted for displaying “salacious material” at her store associated with the controversial “vagina artist” Rokudenashiko. ...

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

| Jun 6, 2015

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

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The media is still very positive about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but its ardor has cooled significantly with regard to the way the central government is holding up its end of the bargain. When Tokyo was selected by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos ...

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

| May 30, 2015

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

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The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to stop buying dolphins captured during drive hunts conducted by fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. For the past decade, the town has received a great deal of negative publicity because of its dolphin slaughter, and ...

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one

| May 23, 2015

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one

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Earlier this month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced the results of a review of energy production costs, which concluded that nuclear will remain the cheapest alternative for Japan over the next 15 years while pointing out that the calculations took ...

JCP gains ground, but not column inches

| May 16, 2015

JCP gains ground, but not column inches

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Years ago a Japanese acquaintance applied for a green card when her American husband decided to move back to the United States. Someone told her she should not say she once voted for the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) during her interview, otherwise U.S. Immigration ...