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Europeans back Obama, Asians like McCain

Could Europe be categorized as a U.S. Democratic Party “blue state” and Asia, a Republican Party “red state”? American presidential elections provide a near perfect test to understand the difference between European and Asian worldviews, even if the two continents are far from united internally. If you want America to lead by the power of… Keep Reading


Japinos & Japayukis

I learned two new terms today, “Japinos and Japayuki.” Thank goodness that I will never use them! Here is a follow-up to a few stories that I previously blogged on abandoned families in Japan… Some 70,000 Filipinos live in Japan, most working as entertainers. An estimated 50,000 (some groups put the number as high as 100,000)… Keep Reading


Kids born out of wedlock to gain Japanese citizenship?!

The government plans to revise the Nationality Law to remove a provision requiring parents to be married for their children to obtain Japanese citizenship, according to government sources. The decision came after the Supreme Court ruled in June that denying Japanese citizenship to children born out of wedlock to Japanese fathers and foreign mothers is… Keep Reading

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