Category Archives: Japan

“I Love You, Japan!”

Back in Istanbul after spending several days in towns near Syrian border on assignment. Throughout this trip, I was reminded how much respect people still have toward Japanese. People were quite happy and excited to find out that I’m from Japan and I even got “I love you, Japan!” remark at a police check point. […]

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Censored ’Anti-Japan’ Hollywood movie

Last night, I watched ‘Unbroken’, a movie directed by Angelina Jolie. The movie, made last year, has not been released in Japan because of threats made to theatres by right-wing conservatives claiming that it is ‘anti-Japan’. The story is about an American prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese and tortured […]

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The Spread of ISIS threat

Recruitment of radical militant Islamic group, ISIS, has been spreading out all over the world. In Japan last month, a university student was investigated as he tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS. It’s said that thousands have already joined the ISIS from outside, including western countries, to fight. India, which is home to […]

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I Refuse to send My Daughter to War

I’m angry and also ashamed of Japanese PM Abe, his cabinet and of ourselves -Japanese citizens. Three days ago, Abe changed the interpretation of our constitution and paved the way for our military to go to fight overseas. Under our constitution, which was created after the horrific experience of WWII, Japan has been barred form […]

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Nuclear protest Japanese-style

I participated in three anti-nuclear protests during my visit in Japan. For months, tens of thousands of protesters have turned out in force every Friday evening outside of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo to protest against the restarting of the nuclear power plants. The peaceful demonstrations have included families with young children and the […]

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