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H1N1 Flu Outbreak Information

Here is the latest information from the US Embassy Tokyo. Be safe and stay healthy! U.S. citizens can call the Office of Overseas American Services for the latest travel information.  The Office of Overseas American Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from… Keep Reading


Japanese military assumes more global role

This seems like a good follow-up piece to my conversation yesterday with a writer from the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun. The near future will prove very interesting for Japan and its quest for military parity in Asia. CAMP MAKOMANAI, Japan—Col. Kenji Sawai, commander of Japan’s 18th Infantry Regiment, stands in his headquarters dressed from head to… 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


Commentary: What Barack Obama means to me

When President-elect Barack Obama and his family move into the White House, it will signify moving into every household in America. Obama will not become some Black dude that moved in down the street located in a predominately White neighborhood and he and his family will not become the new Cosby Show. The Obamas will… Keep Reading


Mr. Aso's leisure reading

Does it matter what our leaders read? In another publicity stunt, Aso Taro made an appearance at a bookstore in the Yaesu district of Tokyo on Saturday evening. Yomiuri reports that Mr. Aso bypassed the manga section and went straight for the economics section, pausing only to admire his books on display. He supposedly bought four economics… Keep Reading


If the world could vote

Gallup Polls conducted in 70 countries from May to September 2008 reveal widespread international support for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama over Republican Sen. John McCain in the U.S. presidential election. Here is the link. 1. Kenya (+86) 2. Uganda (+77) 3. Ethiopia (+70) 4. Tanzania (+67) 5. Mauritania (+65) 6. Netherlands (+64) 7. Denmark (+61)… Keep Reading

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