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Information and news on Japanese law, Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and crimes and punishments in Japan.

Jim Crow During the Occupation of Japan

Jim Crow Black/White violent apartheid of the USA, was also practiced as American culture in the U.S. military during the Occupation of Japan. A valid observation not typically discussed when examining the relationship between America and Japan. Then again, Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd presents an abundance of truths via his blog Dream of the Water Children:… Keep Reading

U.S. – Japan SOFA Revision: Facts and Fallacies

  ARTICLE XVI It is the duty of members of the United States armed forces, the civilian component, and their dependents to respect the law of Japan and to abstain from any activity inconsistent with the spirit of this Agreement, and, in particular, from any political activity in Japan. THE U.S. – JAPAN STATUS OF… Keep Reading

Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Revision

ARTICLE XVI: It is the duty of members of the United States armed forces, the civilian component, and their dependents to respect the law of Japan and to abstain from any activity inconsistent with the spirit of this Agreement, and, in particular, from any political activity in Japan. THE U.S. – JAPAN STATUS OF FORCES… Keep Reading

Lost in Translation: U.S. Forces and Crime in Japan

A recent spate of crimes committed by United States Forces in Japan (USFJ) personnel has been widely reported in both Okinawan and Mainland Japan media. Though not completely overshadowing U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, the crimes have put an unwanted and less than flattering focus on the American military presence in Japan.… Keep Reading

Possible Megumi Yokota Sighting

The Japanese government is trying to verify information reported by a South Korean weekly magazine that a woman believed to be abductee Megumi Yokota was living in Pyongyang as recently as 2005. Keep Reading

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