Author Archives: Rob Bolkonsky

Abe wins “Best Liarist Award” for Fukushima under control remark

[Tokyo] – Last week on Sunday, the Japanese Medical Institute of Mythomania (JMIM) awarded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with this year’s “Best Liarist Award”, “liarist” being Japanese English for “liar”. A spokesman of the JMIM explained that Abe’s “continuing effort … Continue reading

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Japanese shocked: most Olympic athletes are foreigners

[Tokyo] – A representative of the Japanese Olympic Committee has caused a rough awakening for many Japanese from the euphoric festivities following the decision that Tokyo will host the 2020 summer Olymics. During a two hour press conference, Igarashi Taro … Continue reading

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Right-wing group planning book burning of “Barefoot Gen” comic

[Matsue] – Today the Japanese right-wing organization Daitōjuku announced its plan for a large book burning in the city of Matsue later this year. The news comes one week after one of the organization’s members succeeded to convince the local … Continue reading

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Abe plans to visit Yasukuni Shrine wearing fake mustache

[Tokyo] – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may make an offering at Yasukuni Shrine later this week, media reported on Wednesday. The news comes as a surprise, because Abe himself had previously made clear that he would skip the traditional visit … Continue reading

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Hiroshima marks 68th anniv of start of WWII and atomic bombing

[Hiroshima] – Every year tens of thousands gather at a peace memorial park in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city. Strikingly, for the first time, this year’s anniversary of the atomic bombing will … Continue reading

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Right-wing group sues NHK for using too many Kanji

[Tokyo] – A little over a week since a pensioner decided to sue Japan’s national broadcaster NHK for overuse of foreign loanwords, another suit is threatening NHK. The new suit concerns the use of Chinese characters, so-called kanji. Daitōjuku, a … Continue reading

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Newly discovered ancient maps support Chinese territorial claims

[Brussels] – A number of Belgian newspapers today reported a story about the discovery of a number of ancient maps that could offer support for several of China’s territorial claims in South East Asian and other parts of the globe. … Continue reading

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