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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

Japan’s priority measures against child pornography

It seems that Japan is doing more to battle child porn. I wonder if it will be enough to deter the crime? Here are my previous posts on the topic. The Nikkei Shimbun translation is below: “The National Police Agency (NPA) has mapped out a priority program to be tackled to root out child pornography,… Keep Reading


Is PM Aso half-stepping on collective self-defense?

The Yomiuri Shimbun ran a story on Prime Minister Taro Aso half-stepping or playing politics when it comes to discussing Japan’s right to (re)militarize. Aso remains unable to begin discussion to alter the government’s constitutional interpretation that prohibits the country from exercising the right to collective self-defense. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Aso,… Keep Reading


DPJ's Ozawa does not understand

Here is a follow-up to my post, “DPJ’s Ozawa: U.S. Navy in Japan is enough.” It seems like I am not the only one that thinks Ozawa is misses the mark with his comments. The Mainichi Shimbun reports: Along with the Japan-U.S. summit, Ichiro Ozawa, president of the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan (Minshuto),… Keep Reading


Japan Learning from President Obama's Oratory

I purchased  the “Collection of Obama Speeches” yesterday. The CD has proven to be a hit in Japan but I am curious to see how Japan’s political circle responds/reacts to the inaugural speech and to the new face of America. I wonder if any Nakasone-ish type comments will hit the press? The Shukan Asahi reports… Keep Reading


Japan's Outcasts Revisited

Here is a very interesting analysis on an article I previously posted. Global Talk 21 does a nice job with his analysis and as a courtesy, all four of his installments are posted here. Please leave feedback here and at Global Talk 21 is you are so inclined! First Installment Second Installment Third Installment Before… Keep Reading

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