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. ...

Indonesia demands answers from Australia on asylum boat 'payment'

Jun 13, 2015

Indonesia demands answers from Australia on asylum boat 'payment'

Indonesia’s foreign minister Saturday demanded answers from Canberra over claims Australian officials paid thousands of dollars to turn a boat back to Indonesia after Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to deny the allegations. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia would be “really concerned” if ...

Migrants pour through Milan on way to northern Europe

Jun 12, 2015

Migrants pour through Milan on way to northern Europe

Milan city officials have appealed for help in managing the huge flow of migrants arriving from southern Italy after rescue at sea, as increasing numbers are unable to find beds and are sleeping in the train station. About 350 migrants have slept in and ...

Jun 11, 2015

Migrants race through Italy to dodge EU asylum rules

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Last month, Dejen Asefaw was rescued with hundreds of other migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and brought to Sicily. The 24-year-old graduate from Eritrea, who endured forced military service and prison at home, hopes to be granted asylum in Europe. But instead of applying ...

Telling the story of Japanese settlers in Brazil

Jun 10, 2015

Telling the story of Japanese settlers in Brazil

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Masayuki Fukasawa, a veteran journalist at a Japanese-language newspaper in Sao Paulo, has taken inspiration from his own migrant story to compile a history of Japanese settlement in Brazil over the past century. “I wanted to incorporate into modern history the story of how ...

Son of Mexican immigrants accepted into every Ivy League school

Jun 7, 2015

Son of Mexican immigrants accepted into every Ivy League school

It would have been a success story if Fullerton High School senior Fernando Rojas, the son of Mexican immigrants whose schooling stopped in the eighth grade, was accepted to college. But the 17-year-old achieved a surprising clean sweep — he was accepted to every ...

Jun 7, 2015

3,500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

Nearly 3,500 migrants were rescued Saturday from 15 boats off the coast of Libya, Italy’s coast guard said. The boats — nine wooden boats thought to be converted fishing vessels and six large rubber dinghies — were all found drifting around 45 miles (70 ...

May 29, 2015

Asian nations meet to discuss Rohingya migrant crisis

Senior officials from across Asia will meet Friday in Bangkok to tackle the growing problem of desperate people landing on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as Rohingya Muslims flee persecution in Myanmar and poor Bangladeshis crowd onto boats in the hope of ...

May 24, 2015

Britain's opposition to back EU referendum bill

Britain’s center-left opposition Labour Party will support Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times. “The British people want to have a say on the U.K.’s membership ...

May 19, 2015

Japanese visa-free visits to Russian-held isles halted

A visit this month by Japanese to the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido under a visa-free exchange program has been canceled due to Russia’s request for the submission of certain travel documents, sources said. The documents, which Russia says have become necessary due to legal ...