How did Japan’s Whalers Of The Past Feel About Their Job & The Whales They Killed?

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Despite the popular opinion that Japan’s dedicated pro-whaling community comes from a background of legendary, barbaric whalers who slaughtered whales without mercy, some reports show that pre-harpoon whalers were actually very considerate for the feelings of these giant creatures. Sociologist Hiroyuki Watanabe’s book titled Japan’s Whaling, takes a broad look at the entirety of the […]




Governmental Parties to Youth: ‘We can be cool too!’

The bands on the lineup for Shimokitazawa's youth voting and rock event for Sunday's election.










Prime Minister Abe and opposing parties have been vying, sometimes with music, to attract the first-time youth voters to join their sides.







Japan Loves Trump! Banzai!











TOKYO—Japan loves Donald TrumP—so much it wants to hug and kiss him—at least that’s the impression you might get from the Japan Supports Donald Trump For World President 2016 Banzai! video that has now been seen over 14 million times on Facebook and 3 million times on YouTube







Japan’s Classic (Misleading) Pro-Whaling Book: “You can’t tell us what to eat!”

Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) tells shows you the many ways to utilize whale meat!





Japan’s fishing traditions have long-been one of its most important aspects, surviving hundreds of years mostly on fish as well as obscure seafood such as sea urchins, squids and eels instead of red meat. But now with the world’s human population reaching new heights, many organizations have requested Japan stop hunting certain endangered species, particularly […]




Former NYT Chief Explains Japan’s Lack of Journalistic Freedom

Martin Fackler answers questions at Roppongi's Academy Hills.










Martin Fackler, former Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times, says Japanese newspapers are too focused on access journalism and getting the scoop before the story can really be told.







Kono Makes A Discomforting Statement on The Comfort Women And Japan Diplomacy

Yohei Kono, former Foreign Minister of Japan, sets the record straight on comfort women, security bills, and Japan's diplomacy










The comfort women existed through very wide area through out all of Asia, and this is something which I, myself do acknowledge. We have seen, for example in the case of the Netherlands, who conducted various independent studies into this issue and even went so far as to have court cases and also judgements in relation to this….but at the very least what can be said is that Japan should be treating these former comfort women who went through such cruel difficult situations in a more sincere way







Former Prime Minister Murayama Tells Japan’s Leader Abe, “Study Up or Shut Up!”

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In that statement that we need to study history and his pointing out that Abe had not read or understood the Potsdam Declaration, Murayama seemed to be saying to his successor, “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. And if you knew your history, you’d make a proper apology. Get smart or shut up.” In many ways, the press conference was like a wise, cranky old teacher scolding a lazy student. However, will the lazy student listen?







Pedophiles, JK, AKB48 and Trolls

When weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported on AKB48 management past ties to the yakuza, no one was surprised. The JK Business is a seedy con game and who knows how to run one better than former criminal associates & loan sharks?










It’s condescending and sexist attitudes like yours that encourage women and girls to go into the JK Business in the first place, because they are lead to believe that they will never be taken seriously or valued for their intellect and ability. Shame on you. 恥を知れ.







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 […]