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News, information, discussion and Japanese language learning resources! Be sure to check out the Japan Blogs, Learn Japanese and Japan Research links!

Happy New Year!

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The Year of the Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917. The Japanese believe that people who are born in the same animal year share similar personality and character. People born in the year of the Snake are deep thinkers, speak very little and possess tremendous wisdom. They are fortunate in money…

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Ben Karp presents Race in the U.S. Presidential Election at Temple University Japan Campus

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Mr. Karp is back with another interesting presentation that will undoubtedly open the eyes, ears and minds of those not too familiar with race and politics. He writes: “Hello all. I hope to set up an informal discussion with a little history of race and voting. Will be joined from Washington D.C. by professor Gerald…

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Japan & African Americans from the Russo-Japanese War to Pearl Harbor

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I had the pleasure of viewing Mr. Ben Karp’s presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University in Japan on the Golden Era of Black and Japanese relations. He discusses W.E. Du Bois’ travels to Japan and provides insights to a period considered a peak of Black – Japanese relations. Additionally, Mr. Karp had…

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