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Kim Jong Nam assassination still masterfully orchestrated

Police are still investigating the assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, Kim Jong Nam, when he was assassinated by two women two years ago. And despite being two years old, it’s still baffling forensics experts as well as detectives and authorities.   It was reported that Nam was walking along an airport when two women approached him and smeared
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Japan no longer very strict for language requirements

Japan has had a large number of difficulties because a requirement to enter and work in Japan is that you need a good language proficiency in either Japanese or English. That adds to the higher cost of education for would-be workers as well as makes it more difficult for people to work there.   However, Japan has sensed
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Here’s why Japanese kids aren’t studying abroad

There have been reports, by the Japanese authorities, that their younger generation, AKA their kids, aren’t studying as much abroad as they once used to. And the majority of the population are more or less evenly split, for and against this recent trend.   To give you a perspective of this, let’s go back to 2004, a
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Memoirs of War: Music Sirens and their current condition

The so-called music sirens (a series of air raid sirens that were modified to produce music instead of a monotonous and distinctive whine that warned people that an air raid was occurring) are becoming old, outdated and most have already broken down and are left in disrepair.   The sirens were initially placed by the Imperial Japanese authorities
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WWII Japanese Tunnel Discovered in China

An old WWII-era tunnel that belonged to and was constructed by Imperial Japan of the era was recently discovered in China. This means that Japan had plans to increase their activity in China or create a new base of operations.   It also proves that Japan, had the atomic bombs not been dropped, wanted to continue the war
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Never Back Down: Abe pushes through with Okinawa

Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has been labelled by some as being hard headed and stubborn because, despite an overwhelming and massive “no” vote to the building of a new US Air Force base in Okinawa, he still will push through with the construction.   This has placed Abe and his government in hot water because majority
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Trump and Kim in talks for a second day

It was both an exhilarating yet disappointing day for both North Korea and America. It was exhilarating because more talks means more peace but also was disappointing because both countries couldn’t agree to anything. Hence, trump walked out on the meeting mid-talk.   This has caused some to be alarmed that NoKor might even increase nuclear weapons production because

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March 1, 2019

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