Taiwan's political culture supports rights and freedoms that are under pressure in other liberal democracies and almost extinguished in China.
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A more secure, internationalized future for kimono may lie with those innovative designers who are taking it down from its high pedestal and unburdening it from its more restrictive cultural symbolisms.
As cold war rhetoric escalates, progressive critics of China must find an independent voice.
There are some strategies by which Japanese and foreign advocates for migrants can argue for their rights to work and belong in Japan.
There's a need for Japan humanities perspectives to be heard more by foreign audiences abroad, to have greater influence in international scholarship and the global public sphere.
Japan still has the right to organize, and unions are good both for members and management.
As an illiberal China exerts global influence, small Pacific states become canaries in a geopolitical coal mine.
In these polarized times, crises bring together people from a range of backgrounds to spread the word about perils linked to climate change.
Clueless online crusaders risk doing real harm to the very cultures they claim to represent
Considering constitutional issues and the risk of creating 'martyrs,' the current law strikes the right balance.