Kim Jong Un takes train to Vietnam…. In 70 hours

Kim Jong-Un was reportedly taking the train to get to Hanoi, Vietnam for the 2nd US-NoKor summit and the train took 70 hours to get there. It’s no surprise because the Korean dictator used a train to travel 1,714 miles or 2,758.42 kilometers.   That distance is longer than the vertical distance of Texas, USA to

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February 28, 2019

Fukushima soil recycling debates: Safe or not?

The Fukushimia Daiichi Nuclear Disaster is an ill-fated disaster that happened after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake that measured 9.0 on the Richter scale. It is important to note that the nuclear reactors automatically self-shutdown to prevent damage.   But it proved futile because the ensuing tsunami caused the emergency power generators that provided control for the cooling pumps

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February 28, 2019

A landslide victory for Okinawa base vote

Among the supporters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the majority cast ballots against moves by the Abe administration to relocate the Futenma Air Base in Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago, according to an exit poll.   It emerged that the older the voters were, the more adamant they were in their opposition.

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February 27, 2019

Ken Watanabe helping out in disaster relief

When he is not busy filming and has time on his hands, acclaimed “Last Samurai” actor Ken Watanabe has another starring role: being behind the counter and serving meals to customers at his K-port cafe.   The actor sat down for an interview with The Asahi Shimbun to explain how he is trying to raise

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February 27, 2019

Okinawa base retrofitting given go-ahead despite a stern “no”

Photo credit to: https://www.straitstimes.com The return to Japan of the land where the Futunma air station is located, and the relocation of its functions, was agreed upon by Japan and the United States in the 1990s. However, Okinawa residents and politicians have demanded that the functions be moved outside of their prefecture, which is currently home to about

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February 26, 2019

Ghosn’s lawyer: Carlos is innocent

The case against former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn could damage Japan’s reputation as a place to do business, according to the veteran lawyer leading his defense team who maintains he is certain his client is innocent.   Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Junichiro Hironaka said as with the world closely watching developments in the case,

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February 22, 2019

Japan first to use stem cells to cure spinal injuries

Four patients to be selected for the trial slated to start in autumn will have been diagnosed between two to four weeks beforehand as totally paralyzed with no mobility and sensory functions, the most severe form of spinal cord injury.   Okano, in a news conference at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on

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February 21, 2019

Japanese schools permit mobile phones. But only for emergencies

The Osaka prefectural government on Feb. 18 has announced a draft revision to the guidelines that would allow public elementary and junior high school students to bring cellphones to schools and use them during emergencies and disaster situations.   Education minister Masahiko Shibayama told reporters at a news conference on Feb. 19, when asked about

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February 21, 2019

Japan allows foreign graduates of local schools to work

The Justice Ministry plans to widen the Designated Activities visa to allow foreign graduates of universities in Japan to work at low-skilled hospitality jobs and further alleviate labor shortages around Japan.   The ministry has drafted a policy that will make it easier for foreigners who graduate from universities or graduate schools in Japan to

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February 20, 2019

The Referendum for US base in Okinawa draws near

The march, like one held in a local festival, came two days after the Feb. 14 official start of campaigning on the issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to the Henoko district off Nago, also in Okinawa Prefecture.   The project, relentlessly pursued by the Abe administration despite fierce

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February 20, 2019