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Japanese Feel Less Friendly Towards China

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, December 19, 2004 Posted: 08:32 AM JST

Japanese friendship towards China fell to its lowest level in 30 years a Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday. Over the past year it fell 10.3 points to 37.6 percent. The previous low was 39.4 percent in 1996. Another neighbor however, saw a record high: 56.7 percent of Japanese say that they feel good about South Korea. It tops the previous record of 55.5 percent set last year. The high figure reflects the "South Korea boom" which was ignited after a South Korean drama series became extremely popular in Japan.


Japan as Laboratory for the World

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, December 19, 2004 Posted: 08:04 AM JST

Japan is a laboratory for the world claims Robert Alan Feldman of Morgan Stanley: "Already facing severe problems of demography and fiscal deficits, Japan is finalizing an economic strategy that should provide crucial experience for policymakers and investors everywhere."


Cool Sites : Abductions

Kjeld Duits, Monday, December 13, 2004 Posted: 02:47 PM JST

The abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents are now dictating Japan's foreign policy towards Pyongyang. Nothing else seems to matter any more as relatives of the abductees and an increasing number of politicians demand economic sanctions against North Korea for its repeated falsifications of information about the missing Japanese. For more detailed information about the abductions that started this diplomatic mess, visit the following sites:

The official site of the Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to N.Korea (COMJAN). COMJAN believes many hundreds of Japanese may have been abducted by North Korean Agents. (ENG JPN)

The official site of the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea (NARKN). (ENG JPN)

Charles Robert Jenkins
Family members of Charles Robert Jenkins searching for the truth about his alleged desertion/defection. Jenkins is the husband of Hitomi Soga, a Japanese national abducted ny North Korean agents. (ENG)

The Blue Ribbon
R-NET leads the Blue Ribbon Movement against terrorist acts of North Korea. The aim of the campaign is to help rescue all the victims of abductions.

North Korea's abduction of Japanese resource center. (ENG)

The Latest News at Google
Read the latest news on this topic at Google. (ENG)

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Comparing Disasters

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, December 12, 2004 Posted: 07:23 AM JST

Japan was hit by several major disasters this year. Niigata was shaken by a strong earthquake right after Typhoon Tokage had swept through the country. The typhoon caused flooding, destruction and 92 deaths. Here are the figures for these two disasters as of November 25 2004 compared with the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake which hit Kobe and environs on January 17 1995 and killed 6,433 people.


Japan May Set Deadline on North Korea

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, December 12, 2004 Posted: 07:00 AM JST

Japan may set a deadline on North Korea to account fully for the fate of abductee Megumi Yokota Kyodo reports today. The report was based on Japanese government sources.


New Defense Policy Cautiously Adjusts to New Realities

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, December 12, 2004 Posted: 06:33 AM JST

Japan unveiled a new defense policy on Friday that shows a cautious shift away from Japan's post-war pacifism. The country plans to increase global military cooperation and improve its ability to respond to terrorist and missile attacks. But it will not adopt nuclear weapons or a preemptive strike capability, a change that would seriously worry its neighbors.


No Aid to North Korea Says Japan

Kjeld Duits, Saturday, December 11, 2004 Posted: 11:58 AM JST

Japan will no longer give food aid to North Korea Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said Friday. "We have no intention (of offering North Korea aid) in the immediate future," the minister told a Diet panel. "Even if we receive a request from the World Food Program, it would be difficult to respond." The drastic measure comes in response to the news that North Korea once again falsified information about missing Japanese abducted by North Korea.


Women's Lib for Japanese Throne?

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, December 2, 2004 Posted: 03:44 PM JST

Japan celebrated the birthday of Princess Aiko, the crown prince's only child, yesterday with a report that the government may discuss changing the law to allow her to become empress. Female succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne is now banned by law. No male heirs have been born into the royal family in nearly four decades and many observers foresee a crisis if the law is not changed.


Cool Sites : Secret Kyoto

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, December 2, 2004 Posted: 03:22 PM JST

It is the time of year to plan little getaways around New Year's. Here a selection of sites with information about Kyoto. Both newcomers and oldtimers will find loads of helpful tidbits here.

GeoLink Kyoto
Shows an overhead Kyoto map with webpage links and ability to search for shops, restaurants, schools, and sightseeing areas. (ENG JPN)

Historic Architecture in Kyoto
Photographs, basic historical facts and visitor info on the notable historic buildings of Kyoto. (ENG)

Info Kyoto
Kyoto guides, general information, and city district specific information. (ENG)

Kyobunka aims to preserve cultural assets, traditional events and arts in Kyoto. Features list of historic sites with photos. (ENG JPN)

Kyoto City Tourism and Culture
Information on getting around, sightseeing, famous areas, suggested tours, restaurants, and geography. (ENG)

Kyoto City Web
With guide to Kyoto, tourism and events information, internet magazine, webcams, news, and links. (ENG)

Kyoto Fun Guide
An English-language guide to restaurants, bars, shopping, events and sight-seeing in Kyoto. (ENG)

Kyoto Visitor's Guide
Monthly update guide to life in Kyoto, sightseeing, restaurants, accommodation, tourism, schools, and archived articles. (ENG)

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Keywords: cool_sites

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