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Blackface in Japan Revisited, Sigh!

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Blackface is once again in the news in Japan. The last time I ran a story on Rats & Star, I presented Epic Records Japan’s Gosperats performing in blackface at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. By the way, Epic Records Japan is owned by Sony BMG. Do I need to go down that rabbit hole…

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TEDxKyoto: Beyond Sushi by Shuichi Inoue

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“This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sushi maestro Shuichi Inoue draws on art forms such as ikebana, brush painting and bonsai to transform the simple combination of fish and rice into elegant, edible art.” Via @JayKlaphake, Founder of TEDxKyoto | Speaker, Event Producer & Professor: Global…

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A View of White People in Japan

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Many expats in Japan have run into the “Oh no! Don’t look him/her (another expat) in the eye!” type of Westerner. I have on numerous occurs had conversations with Black Americans as to why this happens. Here is take on “F#cken White People!!!” in Japan. What do you think? Photo credit via The Pain Comics.  

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The Yoshida Testimony on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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“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

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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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Racism in Japan Videos Causing a Stir

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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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