Category Archives: Japan

North Korea’s Threat Pushes Japan to Reassess Its Might and Rights – by Motoko Rich – NYT

“TOKYO — When North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japan on Friday morning, prompting the authorities to broadcast an alert on cellphones and television, many people wondered: Why didn’t the Japanese military shoot it down?The government quickly judged … Continue reading

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Dreamers- Liars and Bad Economics – by Paul Krugman

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
“But in any case, adding “and besides, they’re stealing our jobs” undercuts the whole pretense. Furthermore, the claim was, as I said, junk economics. The idea that there are a fixed number of…

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Japan Moves to Allow Its Emperor to Abdicate. But Just This Once. – by Motoko Rich – NYT

“. . . Conservatives are loath to open the law to a more sweeping overhaul because they fear that doing so would lead to a change to admit women as rightful heirs to the throne. The bill approved by the … Continue reading

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Nanking Massacre -1937- Wikipedia

“The Nanking Massacre was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing (then spelled Nanking), then the capital of the Republic of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The massacre occurred … Continue reading

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Young girl gives a demonstration in Japanese Aikido

This video is from Randall Bonifay’s facebook page, where I wrote: Fabulous. Extraordinary. Makes me want to get back on the Aidido mat of life. 155,077 Views

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Fred Korematsu – Wikipedia

“Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu (是松 豊三郎 Korematsu Toyosaburō?, January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005) was an American civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy launched its … Continue reading

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After Trump Rejects Pacific Trade Deal, Japan Fears Repeat of 1980s – The New York Times

“TOKYO — President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal should have been good news for Hitoshi Kondo, a Japanese rice farmer. The sweeping 12-nation agreement, negotiated by the Obama administration and formally … Continue reading

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In Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima, a Complex Calculus of Asian Politics – The New York Times

ISE, Japan — Eleven United States presidents have been elected since President Harry S. Truman decided to drop an atomic weapon on Hiroshima, and none has set foot in that traumatized city in the 71 years since, at least not … Continue reading

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Tensions Rise in the South China Sea – The New York Times

“Asian countries are increasingly pushing back against China’s sweeping territorial claims and bullying tactics in the South China Sea. On Sunday, a Japanese submarine made a port call in the Philippines for the first time in 15 years, a sign … Continue reading

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Japan and South Korea agree to settle wartime sex slaves row | World news | The Guardian

“Shinzo Abe offers sincere apology for use of ‘comfort women’ by Japanese soldiers, removing major barrier to better relationsSouth Koreans protest about Japan’s use of comfort women in SeoulSouth Koreans who lost family members during the second world war demand … Continue reading

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