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Japan to Announce Plan to Sign Hague Convention

FINALLY! Japan will announce its plan next week (May 2011) to sign the Convention that deals with international child custody disputes. I should say that this is a very positive step in the right direction for Japan in the international community but I will wait for the end result. It was reported that: Some critics… Keep Reading

Okinawa Governor says MCAS Futenma can stay!

In what seems like a “convenient” change of heart, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, now supports MCAS Futenma remaining on Okinawa. Plans to return MCAS Futenma to land owners were agreed on in 1996 and again in 2005, alongside a program to move approximately 8,000 Marines and their 9,000 dependents stationed in Okinawa to Guam. The… Keep Reading

Gwynne Dyer: Japan’s August election is a revolution

Hey BT’ers! I received this email today from a longtime reader. He asks:  ” What do you think about the following article?” He continues by saying: “For me, the part that really stuck out was mentioning the use of yakuza enforcers by the LDP.  Years ago, I read a book called Japan the Blighted Blossom which was written… Keep Reading

A New Era for Japan

    The DJP won via a campaign of CHANGE. Will it be more of the same in Japan? Below is more information on the DPJ via the WSJ. The interactive media give a nice down and dirty on the election and voter opinions. “”All things get harder when the government doesn’t have any political capital,”… Keep Reading

Our Man in Abiko: Japan Election: The Morning After

Our Man in Abiko brings an easy to digest, and corrected, report on Japan’s election below. Before you get to Our Man in Abiko, here is an interesting tidbit on Yukio Hatoyama and the DPJ: ” “Hatoyama, who holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford University near Palo Alto, California, pledges to end the government’s reliance… Keep Reading

Will Japan regain its political credibility?

Below is an Asahi Shimbun Political column editorial by Yoichi Kato titled, “Gaps in political biorhythm and policies of DPJ and Obama Administration” found in the 24 Aug 09 paper. It is one of many positions that pundits in Japan hold. The views are varied and often conflicting, especially since it seems Japan changes Prime… Keep Reading

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