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U.S. towns pulled into Japanese politics

by Mark Schreiber

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 to erect statues memorializing the “comfort ...

Sankei ex-Seoul bureau chief 'relieved' to be back in Japan

Apr 15, 2015

Sankei ex-Seoul bureau chief 'relieved' to be back in Japan

The Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday after returning to Japan from South Korea, where he had been facing a travel ban, accused of defaming President Park Geun-hye. “I thanked (Abe) for giving me encouragement ...

Apr 9, 2015

Report calls for further investigation of 'fake' NHK documentary

A documentary aired by NHK last year that allegedly contained a fake interview should be investigated further, an interim investigation report said Thursday. “Close-up Gendai,” broadcast on May 14, erroneously described a room for a fraudulent broker’s meeting with a debtor as a base ...

Apr 7, 2015

Photographer seeking to enter Syria may be allowed limited travel

The Foreign Ministry is considering issuing a new passport that would allow limited travel overseas to a freelance photographer after it confiscated his previous one to stop him from going to Syria, a diplomatic source said. The passport would likely prevent Yuichi Sugimoto, 58, ...

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

| Apr 4, 2015

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

by Mark Schreiber

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 ...

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

| Mar 28, 2015

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

by Philip Brasor

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Japan earlier this month, local coverage focused on a joint German-Japanese statement about the Ukraine crisis and her comment that Japan should forthrightly address its actions during World War II. She said nothing about how Japan and ...