Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

| Feb 28, 2015

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

by Philip Brasor

On Feb. 13, Asahi Shimbun’s daily Vox Populi, Vox Dei column mentioned Morizo and Kiccoro, the official mascots of the 2005 World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture. These two “woodland fairies” supposedly hailed from Seto, which issued them the same resident cards (jūminhyō) held ...

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

Feb 25, 2015

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

There are smiley, sad and heart emoji — and now, for the first time, there will be racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to release nonwhite faces in its lineup of the cartoon faces that some people use to liven up text and email ...

At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

Feb 24, 2015

At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of nonwhite contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations ...

Ex.-N. Ireland cop apologizes for Paris Metro racism incident

Feb 23, 2015

Ex.-N. Ireland cop apologizes for Paris Metro racism incident

A former police officer and Chelsea fan on Sunday apologized for his involvement in an alleged racist incident involving football supporters on a Paris Metro train. Footage posted online last week showed supporters blocking a man, named as Souleymane S., from boarding a Metro ...

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. college bans Iranians from engineering, science programs

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has banned Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in a move that school officials say aligns its policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran. The university will no longer admit students from Iran to some programs in engineering ...

Danish Jews' affection for their country runs deep

Feb 17, 2015

Danish Jews' affection for their country runs deep

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s calls for Jews to move to Israel after attacks in Paris and Copenhagen may strike a chord with thousands of French Jews, but it will likely fall on deaf ears in Denmark. While French Jews are moving to Israel at ...