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Chess pieces at war

The Knights: New Japanese Political Party Gets Disabled Candidates Elected

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 25, 2019 • Tagged with politics, government, election

How did a three-month-old party win seats in Japan's Upper House? Its leader did something rare in politics: he put other peoples' interests before his own.

Hay Fever in Japan: A Man-Made Nationwide Epidemic

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  July 08, 2019 • Tagged with environment, health, government, politics, economy

How did a condition once thought to be non-existent in Japan become the country's "national illness"? Blame the government, says Krys Suzuki.

Asahi Shinbun newspaper declaring the new era name

There's Something About Reiwa: The Frenzy Over Japan's New Era

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 04, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, imperial era, heisei, government, politics, imperial family, reiwa

Chosen under intense secrecy, it's sparked a 10-day holiday, a new song, and even a minor crime wave. The meaning behind Japan's new era name, and how people in Japan are responding.

Students protesting

Did Japan's Government Track Dissidents in Okinawa?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 30, 2019 • Tagged with government, protest, okinawa

Did the Abe government violate Japan's Constitution by tracking opponents of Okinawa's military base? The government denies it - but a Japanese newspaper now has documented evidence.

The Emperor's Residence at night

Dawn of a New Era: Why Japan's Calendars Will Change With the New Emperor

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 11, 2019 • Tagged with news, emperor, imperial era, heisei, government, politics, imperial family

When Crown Prince Naruhito becomes Emperor this year, a new era will literally dawn in Japan. Alyssa Pearl Fusek explores the history of era names in Japan.

Book being tossed in garbage

Japanese Magazine That Published Anti-LGBT Screed Did It for the Money, Says Writers

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 28, 2018 • Tagged with news, LGBT, politics, government

The magazine that published a politician's piece calling LGBT people "unproductive" halts publication as some Japanese experts decry the publishing industry's drift to the far right.

Various Japan Government Agencies Caught Falsifying Disabled Employment Data

News   By Emma Ford  ·  September 03, 2018 • Tagged with news, society, politics, government, scandal

The Abe cabinet comes under scrutiny again following yet another scandal. Is the Japanese public losing confidence in their government?

An End to a Scandal-Plagued Government? Abe Says Next Election is His Last

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 31, 2018 • Tagged with news, government, politics

The scandal-plagued Abe Shinzou has somehow managed to survive four terms in office. Either way, the skilled politician says September's election will be his last run for Prime Minister.