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Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

Mar 26, 2014

Images of 1896 Sanriku quake found

by Kiyoshi Numata

More than 10 glass-plate negatives of photos taken by an amateur photographer showing damage inflicted on a town in Iwate Prefecture by a devastating earthquake and tsunami 118 years ago were discovered recently, with experts describing them as important for both disaster studies and ...

Mar 22, 2014

The sloughing of Japan's corporate skin goes on

by Michal Hoffman

“Man is born free and is everywhere in chains.” No 18th-century Japanese thinker could have written that. It is amusing to imagine one even reading it. What emotion would it have called forth? Outrage? Blank incomprehension? Born free? A revolutionary notion! “The Social Contract” ...