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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
  • , NHK
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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
  • , Nikkei
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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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Japanese pop culture set to take the world by storm!?

If you watch Japanese TV on a daily basis, you can’t escape hearing the name “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.” She appears on TV commercials, performs on music programs, and is also often featured in documentary programs. But for many of the not-so-young, not only is her name hard to pronounce, she remains a mystery. Who is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu anyway? She’s….Read more

  • March 13, 2013
  • , TBS
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ECONOMY > Agriculture

Women, IT, social media hold the key to the future of agriculture

Agriculture is considered to be a declining industry in Japan in view of the aging population, so attracting young successors to rejuvenate the aging workforce is a serious challenge for the farming community. Moreover, the agricultural industry is deemed a “bastion of resistance forces” when it comes to international trade liberalization talks, including the TPP. However, Prime Minister Abe recently….Read more

  • March 13, 2013
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