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The first time NoKor celebrates Kim Il-Sung’s birthday without US intervention

North Korea on Saturday marked the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il with no outward provocation against the United States, in the run-up to a second summit between the two countries later this month.   Flags and placards have been placed along all highways and main roads of Pyongyang in celebration of the father
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Trump, Border Wall and National Emergencies. What’s going on?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure funds for a wall on the border with Mexico without congressional approval, a controversial move that appears certain to draw a court challenge from Democrats.   With the declaration, Trump is seeking to divert about $6.5 billion in funds from the military and
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SDF recruitment in each prefecture discovered to be uncooperative

The Defense Ministry corrected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remark that prefectural governments were not cooperating in the recruitment of Self-Defense Forces members, but even the ministry’s explanation was inaccurate.   Two days later, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya corrected Abe’s remark and said cooperation was not forthcoming from municipal governments, rather than prefectural governments.   According
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LGBT couples want to be heard despite legal barriers on Saint Valentine’s Day

Choosing Valentine’s Day to make a heartfelt statement, gay couples will file the first- ever lawsuits in Japan challenging the constitutionality of not recognizing same-sex marriages.   The plaintiffs in the group suits are 13 same-sex couples who reside in Tokyo and seven other prefectures and range in age from their 20s to 50s. The
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Japanese LGBTQI: It’s difficult to go to college

photo credit to: https://www.scmp.com   More than 40 percent of respondents who identify with being sexual minorities said they were harassed or felt discomfort as college students sitting for job interviews.   The finding was among the results of an online survey by ReBit, a nonprofit organization established to raise greater awareness of lesbian, gay,
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Child abuse cases awakens a sleeping dragon

The government, responding to growing interest in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was apparently terrorized by her father, called on child consultation centers and schools nationwide to immediately examine all suspected cases of child abuse.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chaired a meeting of Cabinet ministers involved in the issue on Feb. 8
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School girl, abused by parents, dies but not before making a letter

Suffering school girl Mia Kurihara didn’t shy away from giving her name when she begged her teacher for help in an elementary school questionnaire a year before her death, saying she was being beaten by her father.   The 10-year-old girl died at her home in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, on Jan. 24 after her father,

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February 7, 2019

Police charge then drop charges on Buddhist monk

Police here dropped a traffic violation case against a robe-wearing Buddhist priest after monks around Japan posted videos showing they could perform a number of tasks while wearing the supposedly hazardous clothing.   After The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the case in December, Buddhist monks around Japan posted videos on Twitter showing them in the

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February 7, 2019

NoKor secretly protecting missile sites despite talks

photo credit to: https://thehill.com North Korea is working to ensure its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities cannot be destroyed by military strikes, U.N. monitors said ahead of a meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials to prepare a second denuclearization summit.   The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will meet his North

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February 6, 2019

Japan and Germany cooperate in security and trade concerns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday championed free trade amid rising protectionist sentiment in some parts of the world and agreed to step up cooperation in tackling new security challenges.   The meeting between the leaders of the world’s third- and fourth largest economies came on the heels of

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February 6, 2019

Another Nuclear Arms Race?

Thirty years after its ratification, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Citing violations by Russia, the Trump Administration is walking away from a treaty that has been an essential element of the international nonproliferation and arms control framework.   The real target of

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February 6, 2019

Russia leaves INF Treaty following America

Following the decision by the United States to suspend the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty it has with Russia, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Saturday issued a statement opposing the U.S. move, saying it “may trigger a series of adverse consequences.”   On Saturday Russia announced it too was withdrawing from the INF

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February 4, 2019

Students in dismay after most schools impose hair and clothes restrictions

Black hair regulations at school force hair and clothes to students without showing reason. Even at the National Assembly of Education and Research of the Nichiren Festival, there were reports from all over the place, and the faculty members exchanged opinions.   The student who showed dissatisfaction has raised a complaint during the general meeting

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February 4, 2019

Japanese Government to Schools: Give High Grades, Get Salary Raise

Education officials here are hoping to improve the students academic performances by offering a bit of incentive to the principals of their schools-cold hard cash.   The city’s board of education plans to use students test results to partly determine its evaluations of heads of municipal elementary and junior high school starting in fiscal 2019.

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February 1, 2019

Japanese Ministry of Defense in Hot Water for alleged Involvement in Anti-US Protests

A security company commissioned to patrol waters near the construction site for a new U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture drew up a “black list” of protesters, possibly at the behest of the Defense Ministry.   Risingsun Security Service Co. distributed a list of about 60 activists, along with their mugshots, names and backgrounds, to

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February 1, 2019

U.N to SoKor: You violated NoKor Sanctions

A U.N. panel plans to point out in an upcoming report South Korea’s failure to notify the Security Council of its shipments of petroleum products to North Korea in breach of international sanctions, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.   It will be the first time for the sanctions committee on North Korea under the 15-member council

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February 1, 2019