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Japan and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Decked out in heavy makeup with ribbons in their hair, children are dressed like adults but still look very much like what they are: a child. The child idol phenomenon is extremely popular in Japan, where human rights groups have complained about sexual harassment and exploitation of children.   It was only recently in 2015 that possessing child

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January 31, 2018
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Japan, China leaders to visit each other

Japan and China agreed to resume visits by their respective leaders, underscoring that Asia’s two largest economies are finally willing to ease tensions this year year from the signing of a bilateral friendship treaty 40 years ago.     The two and a half hours of talks on Sunday between the Japanese and Chinese Foreign Ministers confirmed the

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January 29, 2018
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Comfort Women, Nuclear Weapons and the Olympics

The North Korean security situation has raised concerns and could deteriorate after the Winter Olympics in South Korea. This is because Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision this week to attend the games’ opening ceremony.   Japan’s government has welcomed the North Korean participants in the “celebration of peace” in Pyeongchang and it is seen as making a back-up

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January 26, 2018
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Japan faces fierce competition in the Olympics

Two national champions, Satoko Miyahara and Shoma Uno, will lead a team that includes Kaori Sakamoto, Keiji Tanaka, pairs Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara, along with two ice dancers, Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed.   Sakamoto is surging forward a Miyahara is going strong by showing her best at the Japan nationals. The place where she won her

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January 24, 2018
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North Korea to launch a parade just before the Olympics

North Korea may be preparing to hold another military parade on the eve of the winter Olympics in South Korea next month. This is despite the fact that both North and South Korea are attempting to put petty differences aside to participate.   The North’s constant development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles has spurred more sanctions

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January 22, 2018
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Kobe and the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995

Kobe, a city in western Japan, marked the 23rd anniversary of an earthquake that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and claimed the lives of 6,434 people on Wednesday.   At exactly 5:46 a.m., survivors braved the heavy rain to observe a moment of silence on Jan. 17, 1995, the exact same time and date when the Great

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January 19, 2018
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Foreign worker fatalities show worker exploitation in Japan

Incidents in Japan related to work killed 22 foreign workers over three-years, from 2014 to 2017, reflecting the risk that foreign workers brought here could face extremely dangerous conditions. While the causes of deaths of the 22 workers were caused by accidents, one was the result of overworked labor.     Over the 3 year period, there were

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January 17, 2018