The revolution will be streamed online

| Aug 29, 2015

The revolution will be streamed online

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Local media have been cautious in their coverage of the protest demonstrations that have materialized in recent years, but they appear to be intrigued by the college-age activists known as SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy). Previously, they had pegged this demographic as ...

The same old story on rural depopulation

| Aug 22, 2015

The same old story on rural depopulation

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A story that is constantly upbeat quickly becomes tiring. Conflict and resolution are necessary to maintain interest, and while happy endings are still more popular than depressing ones, characters should go through some sort of emotional turmoil before arriving at them. After producer Masanao ...

Uniqlo can't survive on bargains alone

| Aug 8, 2015

Uniqlo can't survive on bargains alone

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Tadashi Yanai, one of the richest men in Japan, told the Wall Street Journal last week that he was “disgusted” by the video of a couple having sex in a Beijing outlet of the clothing chain Uniqlo. The video quickly went viral in China, ...

Going for gold in the stadium blame game

| Aug 1, 2015

Going for gold in the stadium blame game

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Yoshiro Mori, former rugby player and prime minister, and current head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ organizing committee, is not a man of few words. When the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, took it upon himself to discard the design for the new National ...

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. ...