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Does Japan really need more veterinarians?

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The ongoing scandal involving the private educational corporation Kake Gakuen hinges on whether or not Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indirectly pushed the Cabinet to approve a new veterinary department for Okayama University of Science, a school run by Kake, whose chairman, Kotaro Kake, is a close friend of Abe’s. Consequently, ...

The arrested development of female prisons

/ | Jun 3, 2017

The arrested development of female prisons

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Though the prison population in Japan is remarkably small compared to other countries, there have been increases in recent years among certain demographics. The media is particularly sensitive to elderly inmates. Less remarked upon are female prisoners. A Ministry of Justice study released last ...

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

/ | Jun 3, 2017

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

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“The recent flurry of legislation, including a proposed anti-conspiracy amendment to the organized crime law, recalls prewar Japan,” Kobe University criminal law scholar Hirofumi Uchida told the Asahi Shimbun in an interview in March. “Prewar Japan” is a pregnant phrase. It suggests militarist fascism. ...

Japan's fisheries still swimming upstream

/ | May 13, 2017

Japan's fisheries still swimming upstream

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In March, the internet news site Videonews.com posted a conversation between environmental journalist Tetsuji Ida and Waseda University researcher Yasuhiro Sanada, who writes about fisheries. During the talk, Sanada said that whaling is a “dead industry,” and seemed to think that the ongoing controversy ...