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Behind the Racist Slurs in Okinawa

Two Osaka Prefectural police officers that used derogatory terms to refer to protesters opposing the ongoing construction of helipads for the Northern Training Area, a U.S. Marine Corps jungle warfare training facility in Okinawa, have received verbal warnings by their immediate superior. The officers reportedly said: “What the hell do you think you’re holding, idiot? “Don’t touch (the fence). You… Keep Reading

Tokyo’s First Lady Of Soul

Black Tokyo is pleased to present a new series of posts on Blacks in Japan’s entertainment industry. Our first story features singer, song writer and producer, Ms. Brenda Vaughn. According to information obtained from the CD insert of her latest single, “The Worst is Over,” Ms. Brenda Vaughn was born in Starkville, Mississippi, the eldest… Keep Reading

Gakuranman: How to Argue in Japanese

A very interesting post by Gakuranman on the art of verbal warfare in Japan. As he correctly points out, politics is one subject that may not be an advised topic of discussion in Japan, especially if it deals with the US military bases or the lack of (and I mean, nil, zilch, nada, nothing) information… Keep Reading

Japanese from the 70’s and 80’s

I really enjoyed the post by What Japan Thinks on “Dead words from the 70s and 80s in Japan.” Here is a blurb from the post: On the 19th of November 2009 1,166 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 59.9% of the sample were female, 13.4% in their teens,… Keep Reading

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