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Race-based policy misses the mark

Debito Arudou has written a very interesting and eye-opening article for the Japan Times. In his article, he sheds light on the plight of cheap foreign labor and the race-based policies that initially took root over a century ago. Debito is also organizing a nationwide screenings of “Sour Strawberries” in late August and early September. Please… Keep Reading

Japan Times Blogroll: Black Tokyo

Black Tokyo by RICARDO BILTON:  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Eric L. Robinson found himself docking in Okinawa in 1981. For the past two decades, Robinson, a Marine Corps veteran, has traveled back and forth between between Japan and the United States, gaining experiences and insights from each culture that he now shares with the readers of… Keep Reading


Loco in Yokohama: #9 – Mentsu

It is common to use メンツ in Japan. It is my understanding that the kanji 『面子』 is not used since this kanji is normally used when writing in Chinese. Those that play mahjong may be familiar with the word. The term “otoko no mentsu 『男のメンツ」is a common term in Japan but I think the term “menmoku”『面目』can also… Keep Reading


Nye not easily accepting ambassadorship to Japan?

I previously reported that Joseph Nye was picked to become US Ambassador to Japan. Is he holding out for something better? The Asahi Shimbun reported on Feb. 8 that “the United States has decided” informally to appoint Harvard University Prof. Joseph Nye as ambassador to Japan. However, the White House has yet to announce anything… Keep Reading

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery Benediction Angers Some

I thought my ears played a trick on me when I heard Rev. Lowery open his benediction with words from the Black (Negro) National Anthem, “God of our weary years, God of our silent tears….” Although many that are not Black may not know the words to James Weldon Johnsons’ song, Lift Every Voice and Sing, it… Keep Reading


President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech

    Embedded video from CNN Video      Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th US president. Here is his inauguration speech in full. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.… Keep Reading

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