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Discrimination claims die hard in Japan

  Despite official claims, prejudice against former ‘buraku’ outcasts said active from bottom to top! As the United States welcomes its first African-American president, Japan is still struggling with prejudices that are preventing it from breaking ancient taboos and installing a minority as its leader, some say. Nearly a decade ago, seasoned politician Hiromu Nonaka was… 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


The alliance is dead, long live the alliance

This is a good read but I have a few differences of opinion. Nothing new, right? I always find something to disagree with. Anyway, I will save my banter for later and will only say that the “elites” of Japan need to learn how to multitask and focus on Japan’s security by supporting a structure… Keep Reading


DPJ looking for CHANGE, Obama-style

DPJ holds Obama-style study sessions in order for party to “change,” too Source – Yomiuri Shimbun (07 Dec 08):  The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the largest opposition party, is now trying to introduce election methods and policy measures that are similar to those used by U.S. President-elect Barack Obama too during his election campaign.… Keep Reading


Japan yet to grasp significance of an Obama White House

To assess how the next U.S. administration of Barack Obama would cope with the various challenges ahead, it is essential to have an accurate understanding of the significance of his election victory, Japanese experts told a recent symposium in Tokyo. As the first black to become U.S. president, much of the Japanese media coverage of… Keep Reading

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