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Names of the Victims of the Train Crash in Amagasaki

Kjeld Duits, Friday, April 29, 2005 Posted: 02:32 PM JST

Lists with the names of the deceased and injured of the Amagasaki Train Crash. One links to a list in Japanese and a list with names translated into English by Tagawatch. We had links to lists at the NHK site as well, but they appear to have been (re)moved.


Japan's Train Crash: Your Reaction

Kjeld Duits, Friday, April 29, 2005 Posted: 09:43 AM JST

Did you witness the Amagasaki crash? Do you usually use that train line? Do you know people who use it? Has it shocked or frightened you? Are you frustrated because of the lack of information about the victims in English (or other languages)? Do you have an opinion? Please click on the comment link below to send us your comments.

Keywords: opinion_item

Death Toll Rises to 106

Kjeld Duits, Friday, April 29, 2005 Posted: 09:34 AM JST

The death toll in the train crash in Amagasaki has reached 106. Yesterday the remains of the 23-year old driver were found still sitting in his seat.

Keywords: national_news

New York Times Article Draws Wrong Conclusions

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, April 28, 2005 Posted: 03:25 PM JST

Norimitsu Onishi's article In Japan Crash, Time Obsession May Be Culprit in the New York Times yesterday seems to draw the wrong conclusions from the train crash in Amagasaki. I think it says more about how Japan is viewed abroad than that it correctly reflects the problems that lead to the accident.


Death Toll in Train Crash Rises to 103

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, April 28, 2005 Posted: 11:22 AM JST

The death toll in the train crash in Amagasaki has reached 103. The bodies of more than 10 passengers are still believed trapped in the train. The number of missing people is unknown. Some news media report as many as 40.

Keywords: national_news

Long List of Train Accidents in Japan

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, April 28, 2005 Posted: 10:15 AM JST

TASK, the Railroad Safety Promotion Conference, an independent authority to investigate railroad accidents in Japan has a long list of train accidents in Japan.


Japan's Legendary Railway Safety

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, April 27, 2005 Posted: 11:08 AM JST

Photos of Japan by Kjeld DuitsThe death toll of the train accident in the West Japanese city of Amagasaki rose to 91 today, with more than 450 people injured. It is now officially one of the worst train accidents in a country that is famous for an advanced and safe railway system.


New Code for iKjeld News Photo Feed

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, April 26, 2005 Posted: 02:11 AM JST

Important message for all webmasters using the free iKjeld News Photo Feed.


Major Train Accidents in Japan

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, April 26, 2005 Posted: 12:51 AM JST

Train accidents like the one that happened today in Amagasaki are incredibly rare in Japan. Although many tens of millions of people board trains every single day and lines are are used to the very maximum, Japan has one of the best safety records in the world. Nonetheless, accidents do happen. Hereby a short list of major train accidents in Japan.


Japanese Train Crash: "It Was so Terrible, I Had to Walk Away"

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, April 26, 2005 Posted: 12:42 AM JST

Photos of Japan by Kjeld DuitsAt least 73 people died Monday morning, and more than 440 were wounded, when a JR West train carrying 580 passengers derailed and slammed into a building in the West Japanese city of Amagasaki, near Osaka.


Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi expresses remorse, lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine...

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, April 23, 2005 Posted: 09:46 AM JST

At the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi once again expressed remorse for Japanese actions during the Pacific War: "In the past, Japan, through its colonial rule and aggression, caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those of Asian nations. Japan squarely faces these facts of history in a spirit of humility. And with feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology always engraved in mind, Japan has resolutely maintained, consistently since the end of World War II, never turning into a military power but an economic power, its principle of resolving all matters by peaceful means, without recourse to force."


Anti-Japanese Demonstrations Appear "Staged"

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Posted: 04:46 PM JST

New York based independent news organization The Epoch Times reports today that anti-Japanese demonstrations in China appear "staged". According to the Epoch Times internet sources indicate that at least one demonstration in Shenzhen consisted of "mostly plain-clothes police".

It is widely known that demonstrations in China are usually not allowed. They tend to land the organizers in jail, or worse. We all remember what happened on Tiananmin Square in 1989. The Epoch Times however reports that the permit application for the Zhongguan Village anti-Japanese parade was submitted on the date of the parade. It was approved at the scene by the police. The article then produces a list of what happened to previous applicants of such permits. Many ended up in jail.

Keywords: national_news

Cool Sites : Photography of Japan

Kjeld Duits, Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 04:10 PM JST

After having dwelled in the past for the past week with all those articles about war apologies, we return to the present by having a look at a selection of sites with photographs of Japan:

Japan Photo Library
Our own online stock photo library of photographs of Japan and Japanese culture. (ENG)

Our sister site JAPANESE STREETS shows photos of the latest Japanese street fashion. This site was nominated for a Webby Award. (ENG)

Stop Motion Studies - Tokyo
Studies by David Crawford of passengers on Japanese subway trains. Crawford calls them experimental documentaries. Recommended. (ENG JPN)

ASB Creative
A photoblog with abstract images and observations about life in Japan. (ENG)

Site of Jean-Philippe Dain, a photographer working in Paris and Tokyo. Features image database on Japan. (ENG FRA)

Lee Dobson
Beautiful photos of Japan taken by Osaka based Lee Dobson. (ENG)

Manabu Yamanaka Photography
Takes photos of unusual people and cadavers with religious meanings attached. These images take some courage to see. (ENG JPN)

Photos of lifestyle, street fashion and nightlife in Paris, London, Tokyo, Milan and Casablanca. (ENG)

PhotoGuide Japan
By Philbert Ono. Information on Japan related photographers, galleries and museums, books, organizations, and articles. Highly recommended resource for photography in Japan. (ENG JPN)

Find more sites related to Japan at Japan Links.

Keywords: cool_sites arts_entertainment

Beijing Stokes Japan Hatred

Kjeld Duits, Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 03:55 PM JST

In an interview by Catherine Armitage and Peter Alford of the Sunday Mail, Hu Jia, a leading anti-Japanese activist has blamed the Beijing Government for the widespread and sometimes violent protests across China. "The Government is playing the card of public opinion," Hu Jia is quoted as saying.

"They think the card of public opinion is better than the card of the government in the eyes of the outside world." Hu is an advocate of Chinese sovereignty over the Diaoyudao islands, claimed by Japan as the Senkaku islands, so his statements are impressive and enlightening.

Keywords: national_news

Poll: Koizumi Should Work Harder on Relations with China

Kjeld Duits, Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 03:45 PM JST

A survey last week-end by the Japanese daily Mainichi Shinbun finds that more than seven out of ten people feel that Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi doesn't work hard enough on improving relations with China and South Korea.


Why Japan's 'lost decade' wasn't lost

Kjeld Duits, Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 11:50 AM JST

The past ten years in Japan are generally considered to be a "lost decade". Veteran Japan analyst James Abegglen, who coined "Japan Inc." and "lifetime employment", begs to differ in an interview with Anthony Fensom of the Daily Yomiuri. According to Abegglen it was a decade in which Japanese business was busier than ever.


Free Money in Japan?

Kjeld Duits, Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 11:18 AM JST

Bloomberg columnist William Pesek Jr. has a very interesting view on Japan's low interest rates. "Japanese households," he writes, "lost 154 trillion yen ($1.4 trillion) in interest income in 10 years as the BOJ cut borrowing costs to end deflation. It means that an amount of money equal to one-third the current size of Japan's gross domestic product evaporated thanks to ultra-low rates."

"It makes you wonder if Japan has been targeting the wrong part of the economy. Have efforts to help the corporate sector these last 10 years been cannibalized by lost income in the household sector? Has the inordinate amount of time and energy Japan spent weakening the yen meant it neglected a far more potent economic force -- the consumer? Most likely, the answer to both questions is yes."

Keywords: national_news

Tokyo Subway Passengers in (Stop) Motion

Kjeld Duits, Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 10:50 AM JST

Studies by artist David Crawford of passengers on Tokyo subway trains. Crawford calls them experimental documentaries. Very revealing.


"Rape of Nanking" Redress Coalition (RNRC)

Kjeld Duits, Friday, April 15, 2005 Posted: 02:47 PM JST

The "Rape of Nanking" Redress Coalition (RNRC) is an American association seeking redress for atrocities committed by the Japanese Imperial Army in Nanjing (also Nanking) during the so called "Rape of Nanking" in 1937. The RNRC believes that Japan has not yet sufficiently apologized for its role during the Pacific War. Hereby a list of their demands.


Cool Sites : Nanking Massacre

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, April 13, 2005 Posted: 06:17 PM JST

Anti-Japanese feelings are spreading in China. As the majority of the demonstrators are too young to have experienced the Second World War it looks like it is more about Chinese than Japanese nationalism. Still it is good to be well informed about some of the atrocities they claim to be upset about. One of them is the Nanking Massacre. The sites below show terrible events. It is important to realize that the Japan then is not the Japan now.

Alvin Coox, former director of San Diego State University's Japan Studies Institute, said this very eloquently before he died in 1999: "War itself is perhaps the greatest of all atrocities. At Nanking in 1937 the Japanese military, by all accounts, committed indefensible transgressions. But to hold the Japanese of the 1990s still legally responsible for the event of 1937 seems far-fetched and unfair. The implication is that another Nanking perpetrated by Japanese is a real and impending danger. The premise itself has never been accepted by reputable anthropologists or sociologists, even of the wartime school. Such a charge is also contradicted by the past half century of the no-war Japanese Constitution, and by Japan's much-criticized unwillingness to participate as an armed member of peacekeeping forces."

The truth should never be hidden, but we must always remember that now is the time for healing. Think of that when you read these accounts:

Basic Facts on The Nanking Massacre
Gives overview, chronology of the massacre, the Japanese version of it, the postwar trials and verdicts, plus confessions and recent denials. (ENG)

Nanjing Massacre
An archive of books, personal accounts, and news about the Rape of Nanking. (ENG)

The Nanking Atrocities
History of the Nanjing Massacre featuring interviews with leading historians, historical photographs, video clips and other documented materials. This online documentary by Japanese journalist Masato Kajimoto is probably one of the best sources on the masscre on the net. Highly recommended! (ENG)

The Rape of Nanking
Read the story of this massacre inflicted in the Chinese city by invading Japanese troops. Includes photographs and historical reviews. (ENG)

Waking Old Wonds
A rebuttal to several points in Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking", by a professor at San Diego State University. Higly recommended! (ENG)

Nanking Massacre
An archive of books, personal accounts, and news about the Rape of Nanking. (ENG)

Rediscovery of the Nanjing Massacre
(PDF file) Paper by Takashi Yoshida, a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University on the "Rediscovery of the Nanjing Massacre in the United States". Recommended. (ENG)

The Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition was founded by Asian Americans. An inclusive non-profit organization, it is dedicated to bringing about appropriate redress from the Japanese government. (ENG)

Find more sites related to Japan at Japan Links.

Keywords: cool_sites war_apologies

Shortlist of War Apologies by Japan

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Posted: 10:31 PM JST

A list with some of Japan's apologies for wartime atrocities. This covers the 1970s through the present.


War Apology by Yohei Kono, 1991

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Posted: 12:09 PM JST

Statement by Yohei Kono, then chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party and a member of the Diet, on the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima.


Japanese War Apologies

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Posted: 11:59 AM JST

The past week has seen violent anti-Japan demonstrations in China and Korea. There appears to be a strong undercurrent of anti-Japanese feelings in these countries. Surprisingly, especially among people too young to have any experience of the Second World War. This requires careful thought and a discussion of Japanese war apologies.


Japan Overrated as US Ally

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, April 2, 2005 Posted: 12:19 AM JST

(by Mindy Kotler) - The United States and Japan have been in the midst of an old-fashioned trade war. For more than 15 months, Tokyo has closed its US$1.4 billion market for US beef because of one case of mad-cow disease discovered in December 2003. Beef exports are just one of many economic and foreign-policy disputes grating at the US-Japan relationship. Until now, the emphasis on military security has helped characterize relations as the "best ever". The recent visit of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, however, highlights the imprudence of letting one issue control the agenda when dealing with Japan.


Will Japan Open its Borders?

Kjeld Duits, Friday, April 1, 2005 Posted: 11:49 AM JST

Japan is getting its nose shoved into an issue it has been trying to avoid for centuries: immigration. The past decades the country's birthrate has plummeted. It is now one of the lowest in the world. Simultaneously Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world. A dangerous mix.

It will soon have to accept the fact that it has only three choices to keep its economy alive: more babies, bringing more women and elderly into the work force, or importing people. The first option is probably no option at all, the second will be tough and the last one even tougher. Immigration still makes most Japanese feel terribly uneasy.

They are in trouble. A report by the Japanese Ministry of Justice this month asks the cabinet to "firmly consider" importing unskilled labor.


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