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Editor of Fear-Mongering Magazine Responds to Critics

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, February 17, 2007 Posted: 04:27 PM JST

The editor of the Gaijin Hanzai Ura Files has responded to his critics. We post his response, followed by a rebuttal by Debito Aridou:

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Companies Pull Fear-Mongering Magazine

Linda van Engelenburg, Friday, February 16, 2007 Posted: 10:13 AM JST

(by Linda van Engelenburg) - The recent release of a magazine called Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu (Foreign Crime Underground Files) that raised fears about foreign crime, has strongly angered the country's foreign community. So many have complained that companies have started to remove the fear mongering magazine.

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Japan and Korea Create Common History Book

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, February 10, 2007 Posted: 09:30 PM JST

(by Yuiko Kato) - Historians in Japan and South Korea have completed a supplementary common history reader for high school students. It is the first time the two countries, with a history fraught with controversy, have worked together to produce a history book for high schools. The book, titled "Nikkan Kouryu no Rekishi" (The History of Exchange Between Japan and Korea) covers the prehistory to modern history of the two countries. The groundbreaking project took 10 years to accomplish.

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Shiseido: Making Women Happy

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, February 10, 2007 Posted: 09:01 AM JST

(by Eriko Saijo) - Shiseido Co., a leading Japanese cosmetics company, was originally established as a pharmacy in 1872. The company entered the cosmetics business in 1897 with the launch of its "Eudermine" skincare lotion; this product has been on the market since then - for 110 years - and is still available today. Shiseido now sells cosmetics in 70 countries, and has 11 factories and seven research and development facilities overseas. With about 3,200 employees (with 25,800 in the Shiseido group), its sales for the fiscal year ending March 2006 amounted to 671 billion yen (US$ about 5.6 billion).

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Crime and Punishment in Japan

Kjeld Duits, Friday, February 9, 2007 Posted: 10:25 PM JST

(by Thomas Ellis & Koichi Hamai) - In the late 1990s, press coverage of police scandals in Japan provoked policy reactions so that more 'trivial' offences were reported, and overall crime figures rocketed. The resulting 'myth of the collapse of secure society' appears, in turn, to have contributed to increasingly punitive public views about offenders and sentencing in Japan.

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New Magazine Sells Fear of Foreigners

Kjeld Duits, Friday, February 9, 2007 Posted: 09:55 AM JST

Compared to many other countries, discrimination against foreigners in Japan is quite benign. No beatings and killings in this country. There are some businesses that won't accept foreigners, but that more often than not has to do with the fear of not being able to give adequate service than a dislike of foreigners. Unfortunately, this month a very nasty magazine, flagrantly aimed at creating fear of foreigners, was put on sale. Human rights activist Debito Arudou reports on "Foreign Crime Underground Files":

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Japan Wants to Resolve Kuril Islands Problem

Linda van Engelenburg, Thursday, February 8, 2007 Posted: 12:46 PM JST

(by Linda van Engelenburg) - Wednesday Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to regain the four of southern Kuril Islands from Russia, saying it was time to end the bickering between Tokyo and Moscow over the fishing grounds.

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Japan Puts Commercial Whaling on Agenda

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Posted: 05:34 PM JST

(by Linda van Engelenburg) - The Japanese government wants to try to make an effort for the resumption of commercial whaling at an international conference in Tokyo next week. It will be the first international conference hosted by the Japanese government to encourage the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to lift its moratorium on commercial whaling, adopted in 1982.

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Japanese Troops May Train in Australia

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, February 6, 2007 Posted: 02:29 PM JST

(by Linda van Engelenburg) - Japanese troops may soon be able to train on Australian soil. This will be done under a bilateral defense and security agreement which is still being negotiated by the two parties.

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