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Month: February 2015

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Should Fuji-Sankei Group be red-faced over scheduled blackface music program in Japan?

This photo of two Japanese musical groups posing together in blackface, white gloves and costumes, gained attention when tweeted by several journalists and many others. Some consider it racist.

Shape Up, Face Up: Testing out latest weird Japanese face toning barbell

While heavily advertised in Japan, this facial exerciser seems unlikely to restore my youthful beauty or my dignity.

The Clear Skies Of Winter Tokyo Are Gorgeous.

The winters are cold; the skyline is ethereal.

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

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…

Japan’s Establishment Is A-Okay With Apartheid! 日本へようこそ!

https://twitter.com/jakeadelstein/status/566440737705697280

Rest in Peace, Kenji Goto. A journalist who fought for peace & was killed in war.

Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, known for his dedicated reporting on the atrocities of war and humanitarian activities, was killed by the Islamic State circa February 1st, 2014 (Japan Standard…