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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 ...

The golden arches lose their luster

| May 9, 2015

The golden arches lose their luster

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The sharp downturn in business at McDonald’s — which has thrived for most of the past 44 years in Japan — has got everybody talking. This past January alone, revenues at existing outlets, the company announced, had fallen year-on-year by a whopping 38.6 percent, ...

May 4, 2015

Scorsese says movie 'Silence' inspired by Catholic upbringing

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the drama “Silence” — based on a novel by Shusaku Endo — was inspired by his religiously observant childhood, despite the Hollywood heavyweight not typically being known for spiritual outpourings. Lauded for his direction ...

Giving parents credit where rent is due

| May 2, 2015

Giving parents credit where rent is due

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We choose our friends but we don’t choose our parents. Nor do they choose us. It’s a pretty fraught relationship, sometimes, that between parent and child. Perhaps “love-hate” best describes it — hopefully with love dominant. Confucius said — and what Confucius said is ...

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 ...

Fighting to recover from the ocean's wrath

| Apr 25, 2015

Fighting to recover from the ocean's wrath

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On April 11, Wataru Takeshita, the minister for reconstruction of the areas most seriously affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, met in Kamaishi with local government representatives to discuss the budget for Iwate Prefecture. After the meeting, the mayor of Kamaishi spoke to ...

The Asahi cries foul on school sports

| Apr 18, 2015

The Asahi cries foul on school sports

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Baseball fans were disheartened to learn that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish would be out for the entire 2015 season because of elbow surgery. The right-hander could still have a promising Major League career, but like other Japanese pitchers who have crossed the Pacific, ...