With “The War Bill” Looming, Japan’s Press & Academia Rebel Against Team Abe

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Professors Koichi Nakano, Mari Osawa and Manabu Sato visited the FCCJ on Friday to once again explain why more than 95% of political scholars are against this new bill that would increase Japan’s military capabilities.




The 70 Year Fallout: A Lament for Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Editor’s note: This year it will be 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. What is not widely known is that Japan was working on building its own atomic bomb, and if they had been faster, many believe that Imperial Japan would have used it. It does not lesson the horror of what was done […]




Humanities to be Outlawed at Public Universities

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The Japanese government has now decided to systematically remove the teaching of humanities and the fine arts at public universities




This week in Hate Mongering In Japan: Fuji TV wins for Korean mistranslation ‘sans malice’

On a June 5th broadcast, Fuji Television subtitled a Korean woman as saying, "I hate Japan. Didn't they make Korea suffer?" On screen she is actually speaking about Korea and says, "There is much culture here. This seems why many foreigners visit." Fuji apologised for this and other 'misedits'.





Another scene had a Korean man reportedly saying the equivalent of the US racist cliche, “Some of my best friends are black.” In the scene shown, the man is subtitled as saying, “There are some good Japanese people but I hate the country.”
He actually says onscreen, “Japan doesn’t reflect solemnly on past history. That part of Japan, well…..”. According to Fuji Television, in unaired other parts of the interviews, the people said exactly what was shown in the subtitles. Thanks Fuji Television, ambassadors of bad will, because if those nice Korean people didn’t hate Japan before, they probably do now




The Matcha Better F*ck: A Japonesque Cocktail For The Ages

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But then I had an idea. Why not substitute Suntory’s delicious (sort) green tea liqueur Japone for the Midori? So we tried it. The slightly bittersweet Matcha (抹茶/thick green tea) taste went perfectly with the Kahlua and Bailey’s. After a long discussion of three minutes, we dubbed the new concoction: ザ抹茶ベターファック ( Matcha Betta Fakku) or in English: The Matcha Better Fuck.




Japan’s Peace Constitution, Article 9, And Why Abe Wants To Dismantle It: A short primer






RENUNCIATION OF WAR

Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.




“The Only Woman in the Room”/ How The Amazing Beate Wrote Equal Rights For Women Into Japan’s Constitution

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Is Japan’s peacetime constitution going to be trashed by the ruling party and returned back to the Imperial Constitution, which did not give suffrage or equal rights to women?
This question will be on the mind and haunt your waking hours after reading “The Only Woman in the Room” by Beate Sirota Gordon. In this memoir, she takes us through the various events in her life made remarkable by the fact that in late 1945, she became a member on the US Occupation team that drew up Japan’s National Constitution. Not only was she the only woman in the room, she was just 22 years old.




Brand Japan, Brand Abe: A Clash of Narratives

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Written by Nancy Snow Two decades ago I was working at the United States Information Agency (USIA), an independent foreign affairs agency of the U.S. Government. We were separate from the Department of State—the counterpart to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, and our primary task was Public Diplomacy. Some called what we did […]




日本の報道の自由を守ろう!報道推進賞に記者等をノミネート。23日が締め切り!

世界の報道の自由の日に合わせて日本の報道の自由に貢献した方々・報道機関を褒めよう!推薦してください。





日本外国特派員協会は第1回報道の自由推進賞を新設に向けて小さな一歩を踏み出した。賞は5月3日(世界報道の自由の日)に発表される。調査報道に与えられる特別賞や、報道の自由に貢献したジャーナリスト以外の人に与えられる賞がある。




I’m not the Jake Adelstein you’re looking for.

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Jake shows me his phone, sharing a photo he claims is worth a billion dollars. It’s a yet to be released shot of a crime family boss with the president of Japan University, who’s also the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee. The implications for corruption are obvious. “I’m publishing a story on this. The reporter who originally had this was beaten severely.” It was my idea that we meet and get dinner in the first place so I naturally offered to treat when we first corresponded. When the waitress brings a to go bag with dishes never intended to be eaten during dinner I can only laugh to myself… journalism never has, and maybe never will pay, but I’m more than happy to subsidize the honest work of a damn good investigative journalist.

Jake clearly feeds off the danger. Sure enough the piece was published days later. I get a strange feeling, not that I’m a clairvoyant, but just sometime tells me that Jake is pushing his luck. He insists that he knows what he’s doing. But that’s what I’m afraid of.