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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

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery Benediction Angers Some

I thought my ears played a trick on me when I heard Rev. Lowery open his benediction with words from the Black (Negro) National Anthem, “God of our weary years, God of our silent tears….” Although many that are not Black may not know the words to James Weldon Johnsons’ song, Lift Every Voice and Sing, it… Keep Reading


Sour Strawberries: Japan‘s Hidden Guest Workers

“Sour Strawberries” is a documentary on migrant workers, human right, exploitation and discrimination in Japan. It tells the story of two Nikkei-Jin workers from Peru and Brazil and three Chinese participants of the International Training Programm. It also features interviews with former Vice-Minister of Justice Kono Taro, Upper House Member Tsurunen Marutei, Union-Leader Torii Ippei,… Keep Reading


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Struggling Not To Lose Him

The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has passed and for some it is just another federal holiday. While most in the world know of the deeds and sacrifices Dr. King made, few get to hear how others perceive his public story. Check out the video after reading the article below. Slept On TV… Keep Reading


Law Changes for Foreigners?!

There is a dual nationality discussion going on within the ruling LDP political party. At the moment it is a very tentative trial balloon, and no substantial outcome is in sight. But it is obvious to everyone with a connection to Japan, except the old hard-heads on the right, that there is something very wrong with the psychological and physical health… Keep Reading


Housing: Legal to discriminate against foreigners?

The Japan Times “Readers in Council” Opinion piece below reminded me of my last Tokyo home search: “My wife got a close and personal observation of how gaijin is used in business. We visited a realtor to lease an apartment or a house. The agent made calls to numerous owners and most said no deal… Keep Reading

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