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Piracy and Japan’s Constitution Revisited

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In a previous post on “Africa: Is Black back for Japan, China and the USA?” I looked at the “renewed” interest in Africa and its resources. With the news that Japan will build a base in Djibouti to protect cargo and other ships from pirates, it seems that Japan’s interest has peaked and I bet…

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Eight Languages in Japan Could Disappear

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With only 15 speakers left, the Ainu language is “critically endangered” while seven other languages in Japan are also at risk of disappearing, according to a UNESCO report. These eight languages in Japan are among about 2,500 around the world that have become or could become extinct, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s…

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Grits-n-Sushi

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The Black Tokyo Moderator, Zen, recently turned me on to a blog called Grits-n-Sushi. The Uchinanchu (Okinawan) blogger and UC Berkeley graduate student Mitzi Uehara Carter, Mit-chan, as her friends call her, is of Okinawan (Japanese) African-American ancestry. Mit-chan has some very interesting views (and questions) on race and identity. For example, her observation of a New York Times article…

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Sex And Race In Okinawa

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With the recent spat of criminal and alledged criminal acts committed by US Forces Japan on Okinawa and Mainland Japan, I think that I should renew the Black Tokyo Forum discussions on the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the Okinawa-mondai (problem), and the “ura” behind the scenes or underground happenings in Japan.   I am…

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