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Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 2, 2015
Questions raised over keeping teen suspects anonymous
The involvement of three teen-aged suspects in the death of a boy in Kawasaki is fueling debate about the anonymity granted to minors in cases of this kind.
Mar 2, 2015
New phase of the Ebola battle
As the spread of Ebola slows, the Japan Social Development Fund, on the ground in Liberia, has announced the start of an effort to battle the psychological effects of the virus.
Feb 5, 2015
Facebook diplomacy on the Ukrainian front
Dramatic dispatches of diplomacy from a Ukrainian tank officer underscore social media's ability to keep soldiers and their commanders on Ukraine's eastern battlefield in touch with friends and families.
Jan 31, 2015
Too few people to protect kids
Many people in Japan are shocked when they find out how overworked and overextended the nation's network of social workers for protecting children is.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2015
Friend wages 'I am Kenji' campaign to free held journalist
With the plight of hostage Kenji Goto still unknown, and his fellow captive apparently executed, friends of the journalist have taken to social media to work for his release, creating an "I am Kenji" Facebook page and collecting signatures online.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2015
Social media pressure Cambodian leaders
The CCTV footage is blurry but graphic. A gunman stands over a cringing victim, firing bullet after bullet into his body until the Phnom Penh street is spattered with blood.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 16, 2015
Needles, toothpicks found in food packages; YouTube teen sought
The Metropolitan Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old boy seen in YouTube videos shoplifting and poking toothpicks into food packages at supermarkets and convenience stores. Needles have also been found in food.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 16, 2015
A third of Americans would forgo sex to keep mobile phone
Almost a third of Americans would rather give up sex for a year than part with their mobile phone for that long, according to a survey by The Boston Consulting Group.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 14, 2015
Texas Republican apologizes for tweet comparing Obama to Hitler
U.S. Representative Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, apologized on Tuesday for a tweet he posted comparing President Barack Obama's decision not to attend a rally in Paris to Adolf Hitler's visit to the city after the Nazis invaded.
Jan 14, 2015
In Twitter hack, Pentagon sees perils of social media
If so-called cyberjihadis want to launch another social media attack on America's military, they will have plenty of targets: the U.S. Army alone lists more than 2,000 links to feeds on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other accounts.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2015
Hate, muzzle and poll: a top 10 of issues for 2014
A recap of the top 10 human-rights news events affecting non-Japanese (NJ) in Japan last year.
Dec 29, 2014
Business Book of the Year is timely but way off target
The economics in Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century,' chosen the Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times, leaves a lot to be desired. But its timing was fantastic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2014
Digital detox retreats let stressed Japanese log out
While many tourists go to great lengths to always be digitally accessible, a growing number of gadget-weary travelers in Japan are seeing what it is like to leave behind mobile phones and social media services altogether.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2014
Christmas in Japan 2014
At first glance, the Christmas trees and illuminations might look familiar, but a few holiday traditions are undoubtably unique to Japan. Here are a few examples from social media.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2014
Furor over protest website highlights growing influence of youth
An online stunt by a student activist who poked fun at the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over its decision to call for a snap election has highlighted the advantage young people have in using social media to push their own political agenda.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 11, 2014
Welfare cuts? Abe won't say it
Hiroko Shinohara frets about one issue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has noticeably avoided on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday's election: the need to cut the nation's generous social welfare program that supports millions of people.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2014
'Afghan Bruce Lee' high-kicking his way to Internet fame
From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation.
Dec 8, 2014
Economics of 'memento mori'
The primary role of taxes — the redistribution of money for social security and welfare purposes — has been neglected, hidden by the more pressing need to reduce debt.
Japan Times
Dec 6, 2014
Poverty takes on a new look in today's Japan
In the early years of the 21st century, such neologisms as nyū puā (new poor) and wākingu puā (working poor) began appearing in the Japanese media. Like their equivalents overseas, the terms were typically applied to people unable to realize a decent livelihood while holding down a job, or even more...
Dec 5, 2014
Keep safety nets in place
Postponement of the consumption tax rate hike must not be used as an excuse to reduce funding of social security programs for low-income people, children from poor families and child-rearing households.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world