Monthly Archives: May 2013

Osaka Mayor Hashimoto two days without offensive remarks

[Osaka] – The front pages of several Japanese newspapers reported today that the mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, has not made a single offensive remark in public during the last two days. Chief-editors point out that this is a radical … Continue reading

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Apprentice Shinto priest at Yasukuni Shrine accidentally enshrines 247 celebrities

[Tokyo] – Confusion and anger at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo today, where a young apprentice Shinto priest made a mistake that is bound to shake the shrine to its foundations, and Japanese politics with it. The young apprentice, whose … Continue reading

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Japanese politicians cause newspaper strikes

[Tokyo] – Several of Japan’s main newspapers, including the Yomiuri, Asahi, and Mainichi newspapers, have issued statements protesting against the behaviour of Japan’s politicians. Instead of the usual newspapers, tomorrow they will hand out a free, single page, special issue, containing … Continue reading

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Osaka Mayor Hashimoto registers daughters as official comfort women

[Osaka] – Toru Hashimoto, Mayor of Osaka, earlier today officially registered his 4 daughters as comfort women for the Japanese Self Defense Force. This move comes after Hashimoto’s controversial comments earlier this week on the role of “sex slaves” during … Continue reading

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Pine tree in Gifu Prefecture to be UNESCO World Heritage site

[Gifu] – Following last week’s recommendation of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji for World Heritage status by the International Council of Monuments and Sites, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (JACA)┬áhas made public its plans for a new application to UNESCO … Continue reading

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Data leak hits Japan National Security Institute

[Tokyo] – Japan’s National Security Institute (NSI) says it is investigating a potential data leak about its new security checks in airports. NSI said it started its investigation after TV Tokyo made public posters advertising its new show called “Why … Continue reading

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