A report on the death of a Sri Lankan detainee fails to assign blame to any individuals, nor address some of the more systemic issues with Japan's immigration system.
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The Games failed to live up to their economic promise and cast a harsh light on Japan’s political culture. Some feel “a hunger for a new system.”
Critics of Japan’s immigration system say that Wishma Ratnayake was the victim of an opaque, capricious bureaucracy that has nearly unchecked power over those who run afoul of it.
A fight playing out in Osaka will have ramifications for 7-Eleven and the rest of Japan’s major franchises.
Public awareness of the issue is growing in the country, spurred in part by the work of Uyghur activists, and that is increasing pressure on the government to take action.
A new website is pledging to help house hunters avoid neighborhoods inhabited by "stupid parents who let their children play on roads and parking lots.”
A mechanical wolf with fake fur, bared fangs and flashing red eyes is keeping residents and crops safe in the face of increasing encounters with bears.
The firms' business models have been criticized for putting profit ahead of the needs of franchise owners.