Japan News This Week 24 September 2017

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Japan News.
The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood
New York Times

How Japan reacted to missile test
BBC

Japan PM Abe calls for global blockade of N. Korea
The Mainichi

‘A language we use to say sentimental things’: how shoegaze took over Asia
Guardian

Japan’s New Conspiracy Law Expands Police Power
Japan Focus

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Japan’s military, the oddly named Self Defense Forces, is extremely powerful. While it flies under the radar – intentionally so – if a shooting war were to break out in East Asia, Japan would  hold its own against South Korea and maybe even China for now.

The ten most powerful militaries in the world are:

1. USA
2. Russia
3. China
4. India
5. France
6. Great Britain
7. Japan
8. Turkey
9. Germany
10. Egypt

Source: Global Firepower

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Japan News This Week 13 August 2017

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The truth about Japanese tempura
BBC

Trump’s Tough Talk on North Korea Puts Japan’s Leader in Delicate Spot
New York Times

Kin of ’85 JAL crash victims pray for dead at disaster site
The Asashi Shimbun

METI seeks to pass nuclear buck with release of waste disposal map
Japan Times

Bowing deeply, Japanese PM tries to put problems behind him with new cabinet
Washington Post

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Japan News This Week 30 July 2017

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Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Longevity Expert, Dies at (or Lives to) 105
New York Times

Divorcee destroys ex’s $1m violin collection in Japan
BBC

GSDF chief to resign over alleged coverup of activity logs
The Mainichi

Hokusai: the influential work of Japanese artist famous for ‘the great wave’ – in pictures
Guardian

Murder of the Soul – Shiori and Rape in Japan
Japan Focus

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Statistics

Soft power rankings 2017:

1. France
2. Britain
3. United States
4. Germany
5. Canada
6. Japan
7. Switzerland
8. Australia

Source: Japan News

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Japan News Week 9 July 2017

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Crematory Is Booked? Japan Offers Corpse Hotels
New York Times

Japan’s Enchanted Islands: Part 2
BBC

Japan sacrificed cheese tariffs to get EPA done with EU
The Mainichi

In This Corner of the World review – delicately animated portrait of wartime Japan
Guardian

Coming Home after 70 Years: Repatriation of Korean Forced Laborers from Japan and Reconciliation in East Asia
Japan Focus

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Since the end of World War II, when US occupying forces redrew voting districts in Japan, rural areas have always enjoyed a large advantage at the polls. This has resulted in one voter in, for example, the first district of Shimane Prefecture having voting parity with 3.066 voters in suburban Saitama Prefecture.

Lawyers in Tokyo and other urban areas routinely go to court to address this, but the courts rarely if ever rule in favor of their entreaties.

Source: Asahi Shinbun, July 6, Morning Edition, page4

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Japanese News This Week 18 June 2017

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Japan Arrests Longest-Sought Fugitive After Nearly 46 Years
New York Times

‘Conspiracy’ law enacted to punish planning of crimes
The Mainichi

Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships ‘by 2025’
BBC

Japan accused of eroding press freedom by UN special rapporteur
Guardian

End Game for Japan’s Construction State – The Linear (Maglev) Shinkansen and Abenomics
Japan Focus

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June 20 is World Refugee Day. There are an estimated 65 million refugees worldwide.

Canada, with a population roughly 1/4 of Japan’s,  has accepted 40,000 Syrians alone since the fall of November 2015.

Japan however continues to be extremely unwelcoming to refugees.

In 2016, a record 10,901 would be refugees applied for asylum last year in Japan. That was an increase of 3,315 on the previous year. Of the applicants, 28 were accepted. 

Sources: Asahi Shinbun, June 14, page 13

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