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Asahi Shinbun newspaper declaring the new era name
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South Korea Ignores Own Crimes, Demands (More) Apologies for Comfort Women

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 14, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, politics, comfort women, international relations

Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?

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.

Prince Akishinonomiya and his wife, Kiko, at a press conference.

The 2 Billion Yen Ascension: Japan's Budget-Busting Royal Ritual

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  December 10, 2018 • Tagged with religion, shinto, politics, culture, emperor, royal family, daijousai

When the new Emperor takes his throne in 2019, Japan’s taxpayers will spend billions on a Shinto religious rite. Some - including a Prince - say that’s unconstitutional.

Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

Killer Tee: How a South Korean Boy Band Sparked Outrage in Japan

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 10, 2018 • Tagged with war, nuclear weapons, hiroshima, nagasaki, politics, culture, south korea

How a t-shirt worn by a boy band member might make the bad relations between South Korea and Japan even worse.

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.

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Why Did North Korea Arrest, Then Deport, a Japanese Man? (UPDATED)

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 28, 2018 • Tagged with news, government, politics, international

The mystery surrounding a Japanese man whom North Korea said it arrested earlier this year only deepened when it announced they were deporting him.