Life in Japan

Black Tokyo posts reflect the individual contributor's experiences and research.

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Black Samurai

Yasuke, the African samurai, is a topic previously presented on Black Tokyo. Check out the video (in Japanese) on Oda Nobunaga and the connection to Yasuke as the presenter travels to Mozambique to seek out more of the story. For a little background on the the  children’s book, Kurosuke, which is based on the tales […]

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Are Japanese Sambos Better Than American Sambos?

[Originally posted in 2011] I would like to say “Arigato” to Steve Silver for posting a link to the Japan Sociology blog story on the Little Black Sambo sequel in Japan, “Ufu and Mufu: The Cute Little Twins’ Big Adventures (August, 2011).” To show just how times have changed (not really), there is even a app for the […]

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The Okinawa Mondai: The US Strengthens Ties in the Asia-Pacific

As America takes steps to enhance and redefine its role in the Asia-Pacific region, it must persuade China to become more transparent in its military undertakings. “China seeks to gain “hard” power commensurate with growing “soft” power.” China will undoubtedly try to convince its neighbors that its economic and military rise should not to be feared, however, there are more than a few sources of contention and cause for worry between China and its neighbors.

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Anti-foreigner discrimination is a right for Japanese?

The Japan Times recently ran an opinion piece written by Mr. Gregory Clark, vice president of Akita International University (AIU). Clark’s article, “Antiforeigner discrimination is a right for Japanese” seems to run counter to AIU’s mission statement:  “…peaceful solutions to various obstacles require unusual capacities to understand and respect diverse values and to assume world perspectives.” Although I […]

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The Yoshida Testimony on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

“The Asahi Shimbun has recently obtained a copy of the transcripts of testimony given before a government investigation panel by Masao Yoshida, who served as general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant when it succumbed to a Level 7 disaster, the highest on the International Nuclear Events Scale, following the Great East […]

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Children Full of Life in Kanazawa, Japan

Here is a very different and positive look at classroom instruction in Japan. Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying. In […]

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Parental Kidnapping Treaty in Effect for Japan

Via the Stars & Stripes – Pacific: A treaty aimed a preventing cross-border parental kidnapping takes effect Tuesday in Japan after years of pressure from the international community. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction — which was first ratified in 1980 — requires a parent who flees with a child […]

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Racism in Japan Videos Causing a Stir

Another view on life in Japan: [Via Medama Sensei Channel] “Is there racism and discrimination in Japan? I was surprised to find out that almost all of my high school students (about 1000 students) were not aware of the racism and discrimination that goes on in Japan. Racism and discrimination in Japan does exist, however, it […]

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