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Headlines and Editorials in the Japanese Press

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Posted: 01:13 PM JST

Some of the top headlines and editorials in Japan's (Japanese language) newspapers today:

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“From a Silk Cocoon” - Healing Each Other and Our World

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Posted: 10:22 AM JST

Next month, Dr. Satsuki Ina, trauma psychologist and award-winning filmmaker, will be visiting Japan and introduce her latest movie, "From a Silk Cocoon". It is an emotional and troubling real story about the imprisonment of American citizens during WWII. A story that holds lessons for us today as people seem to make the same mistakes once again. This month the US officially celebrates "Asia Pacific Heritage Month", yet a celebration it can hardly be called. Jean Miyake Downey explains and interviews Dr. Satsuki Ina.

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“We the Japanese People” – A Reflection on Public Opinion

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Posted: 11:22 PM JST

(source: YaleGlobal) - For more than 60 years following its devastation in World War II, Japan has held onto an intense fear of militarism, renouncing the right to wage war and limiting its self-defense force. A side effect of such pacifist policies, according to scholar Hikari Agakimi, is a carefree people who struggle to find a national identity.

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Headlines and Editorials in the Japanese Press

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Posted: 02:48 PM JST

Some of the top headlines and editorials in Japan's (Japanese language) newspapers today:

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iKjeld Relaunches in December

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, May 21, 2006 Posted: 11:42 AM JST

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iKjeld.com will in a few days restart with a new design and a new engine. The old articles will not be available on the new site, however you will still be able to access them by directing your browser to ikjeld.com/japannews/. Make sure to bookmark this URL if you would like continued access to the iKjeld.com archives.


Okitama Farmer's League: Japanese Farmers Engaged in Global Outreach

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, May 21, 2006 Posted: 11:05 AM JST

(by Jean Miyake Downey) - Meditating on the latest reports on discrimination and xenophobia in Japan, I had to refresh my look at the significant grassroots counterforces of anti-racist social change throughout the archipelago.

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Websurfers Find Missing Pages

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, May 20, 2006 Posted: 04:24 PM JST

“Very cool movie made entirely of still photos,” reads the succinct description. Within minutes of the link’s posting, Tokyo based Jerome Olivier’s speaking-pictures.com crashed spectacularly, having been inundated by websurfers swarming to see his strikingly innovative short film, the beautiful and haunting sci-fi thriller “Missing Pages (amended version).”

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Japanese Politicians Discuss Separate Enshrinement of Class-A War Criminals

Kjeld Duits, Friday, May 19, 2006 Posted: 06:31 PM JST

"Separating a portion of the spirits of the war dead from the shrine will be a matter to be discussed," chairman of the Japan War-Bereaved Association Makoto Koga announced yesterday according to the Japanese language Asahi Shimbun. Prime Minister Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals are enshrined with the souls of Japan's war dead has created a lot of friction between Japan and its neighbors. Recently the US also joined the discussion when Republican congressman Henry Hyde sought assurances that Koizumi will not visit Yasukuni.

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Best-selling Book Scary and Misleading

Kjeld Duits, Friday, May 19, 2006 Posted: 11:50 AM JST

Japanese economist Hiroyuki Sasaki has an excellent opinion piece in the Asahi Shimbun today. He writes about Masahiko Fujiwara's book "Kokka no Hinkaku" (Dignity of a state), which has been on the best-seller list for some while now. "I would not go so far as to call the book dangerous," writes Sasaki, "But I do somehow feel uncertain about the author's purpose."

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Headlines and Editorials in the Japanese Press

Kjeld Duits, Friday, May 19, 2006 Posted: 11:21 AM JST

Some of the top headlines and editorials in Japan's (Japanese language) newspapers today:

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The Megumi Yokota Saga

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, May 18, 2006 Posted: 09:18 PM JST

Megumi Yokota is the 13 year old Japanese girl who was abducted by North Korean agents on November 15, 1977. One day she just vanished without a trace. It wasn't until twenty years later that her parents discovered she had been abducted. This month Megumi's mother met president Bush and her father met the parents of the man Megumi married in North Korea. Turns out this man was abducted from South Korea. The story gets more bizarre at each and every turn.

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UN Special Rapporteur Warns of Global Wave of Discrimination

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, May 18, 2006 Posted: 01:50 PM JST

"The political agenda of right-wing parties, historically hidden in the woods, is slowly becoming part of the democratic political process," UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diène warned yesterday during a meeting with human rights representatives in the Japanese city of Osaka. Diène is the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. He is visiting Japan on his second fact finding mission to report on discrimination and xenophobia in Japan.

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Patriotism Defines Japanese Education Debate

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, May 18, 2006 Posted: 12:30 PM JST

The Lower House on Tuesday started to debate revisions to define patriotism in the Fundamental Law of Education, the Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday. These are the first proposed changes since the law was passed in 1947. They are controversial and potentially dangerous.

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Headlines and Editorials in the Japanese Press

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, May 18, 2006 Posted: 11:22 AM JST

Some of the top headlines and editorials in Japan's (Japanese language) newspapers today:

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Headlines and Editorials in the Japanese Press

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Posted: 12:53 PM JST

Some of the top headlines and editorials in Japan's (Japanese language) newspapers today:

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Tokyo Governor Ishihara Hints He Will Run Again

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Posted: 12:15 PM JST

The Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday that Shintaro Ishihara has indicated that he will seek a third term in next spring's election. The Tokyo governor is infamous for nationalistic remarks that have incensed people both in Japan and abroad.

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South Korean Humanitarian Aid Worker Languishes in Chinese Jail

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Posted: 11:55 AM JST

(by Hiroshi Kato) - The United States recently accepted 6 North Korean refugees, which marks a dramatic change in the situation of North Korean refugees. But for Choi Yong-hun, a South Korean humanitarian aid worker, nothing has changed. After having served 3 years and 4 months in a Chinese prison, he is still being punished for his attempt to help North Korean refugees in China.

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Japanese Government Amends Laws concerning Asbestos

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Posted: 11:30 AM JST

The Japanese parliament passed a bill on February 3, 2006, to amend four laws dealing with asbestos in order to prevent damage to human health and the environment.

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Bio-Methane from Sewage Sludge to Be Used as Bus Fuel

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Posted: 11:25 AM JST

Kobe City in western Japan has decided during fiscal 2006 to prepare for the practical use of bio-methane gas as a fuel for natural gas vehicles. The gas is produced by purifying the gases generated from sewage sludge. This is the first attempt of its kind in Japan.

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Headlines and Editorials in the Japanese Press

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Posted: 03:56 PM JST

Some of the top headlines and editorials in Japan's (Japanese language) newspapers today:

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Disturbing Photojournalism from China

Kjeld Duits, Monday, May 8, 2006 Posted: 07:25 AM JST

The blog EastSouthWestNorth follows events in China. It gives great insight into a country of which we know far too little. Especially considering the power base that it is building now. In its May 1 issue, the blog introduces work by Chinese photojournalist Maohair. The work is truly incredible in the way that it shows Chinese society. A tough and unfair society where there is little respect for human life, it appears from these photographs.

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