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Residents observe indoctrination of U.S. military servicemen on Japanese culture

(Kanagawa Shimbun: June 3, 2015 – p.16)    Japanese members of “the Council for Safety Measures Around Base,” comprising local residents and members of the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka City (chaired by Yokosuka City Vice Mayor Yoshiaki Numata), observed on June 2 an indoctrination program designed to educate U.S. service members stationed at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka Base.    A….Read more

  • 2015-06-04 15:00:00
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Seeking to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance in accordance with the times

(Sankei: May 25, 2015 – p. 5)    By Nobuo Kishi, former Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs    My grandfather (former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi) and I lived under the same roof in Nanpeidaira, Shibuya Ward. When the Japan-U.S. security treaty was revised in 1960, I was only one year old. I learned later that I was taken to….Read more

  • 2015-05-26 15:00:00
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Diet debate on agriculture co-op law starts

(Nikkei: May 15, 2015 – p. 4)    Deliberations on a bill to revise the Agricultural Co-operative Society Law were launched on May 14 at a plenary session of the House of Representatives. The bill is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the agricultural industry. The government regards the bill as a showcase feature of the reform of the so-called….Read more

  • 2015-05-15 15:00:00
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Guidance to spread offshore wind power generation

(Nikkei: May 8, 2015 – p.4)    In order to achieve the wider use of offshore wind power generation, the government will formulate new guidance within the year regarding the installation at port districts. Advice such as technology to prevent the collapse of the power generation equipment due to strong winds or high tides, or the standard on the installation….Read more

  • 2015-05-08 15:00:00
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Gov’t aims to change agriculture into a profitable industry

(Mainichi: March 18, 2015 – p. 6)    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) on March 17 put together a basic plan on food, agriculture, and farming villages to chart a course for the country’s basic agricultural policy over the next 10 years.    The plan calls for transforming Japan’s agricultural industry into a profitable business. It lowers….Read more

  • 2015-03-18 15:00:00
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Profile of Yoshimasa Hayashi, new agriculture minister

(Nikkei: February 24, 2015 – p. 4)    Yoshimasa Hayashi studied at Harvard University after working at Mitsui & Co. He entered the political world after serving as a secretary to then Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi, his father. He is well-versed in policies in a broad range of areas, from finance to security. He was called the “prince of the….Read more

  • 2015-02-24 15:00:00
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JA-Zenchu’s reform is only first step toward strengthening Japan’s agriculture

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 10, 2015 – p. 2)    A settlement has been reached on the reform of agricultural cooperatives, which the government of Prime Minister Abe identifies as a symbol of breaking through Japan’s rock-solid regulations. Japan’s Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives, known as JA-Zenchu, has accepted the government’s proposal on removing its authority over local entities.    JA-Zenchu’s….Read more

  • 2015-02-10 15:00:00
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For young Japanese and ROK artists, politics are one thing, culture everything

This is an important year for Japan and South Korea, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Although political conflicts have attracted a great deal of attention in the media over the last several years, there have also been some positive new developments on the cultural scene. TBS’s “News 23” reported….Read more

  • January 14, 2015
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“Hello Kitty,” hello tourist dollar

Japan’s popular “kawaii” (cute) culture, symbolized by Hello Kitty and anime and manga, continues to fascinate children and adults around the world. Indeed, the Japanese pop culture, or “Cool Japan,” has become one of Japan’s major exports today. As Japan gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will certainly boost the number of foreign visitors to Japan,….Read more

  • September 24, 2014
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Ebizo in the role of his life—popularizer of kabuki among young people

Kabuki can seem daunting. First of all, it is a closed world, which, in principle, only those born into a family of kabuki actors are granted access. The plays are long and the language spoken by the actors is archaic. Tickets are expensive, with a decent seat costing around 10,000 yen. Although this form of drama dates back to the….Read more

  • January 8, 2014
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