JAPANsociology

By Robert Moorehead | Looking at life in Japan from a sociological perspective

Invite foreign interns to settle in Japan, think tank says

A Tokyo think tank says the nation should replace its discredited national foreigners’ trainee program with a system that invites overseas interns to …

'Maternity harassment' verdict benefits women, men — and our humanity

Last Thursday’s Supreme Court verdict in the “maternity harassment” case brought by a physical therapist in Hiroshima was the first of its kind, …

Rabid right foams at the mouth over Line's Korean connection

Internet entrepreneurism has spawned all kinds of free services and applications. Some — with names such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, YouTube and …

Yasukuni and Nationalist Identities, Japanese and Korean

Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>by Lilia Yamakawa<p>In 1985, US President Ronald Reagan agreed to visit a cemetery in Bitburg, …

Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn’t Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Symbiosis in the World of Beauty: The Cosmetics Industry and the Western Beauty Ideal

English: Super Skin Lightener skin lightening cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>by Kyungyeon Chung<p>Upon walking into a drug store in Japan, one will find …

Who are Japan’s grass eaters?

Lately my American friends have been asking me the most strange question: <b>“Who are Japan’s grass eaters?”</b> Initially I thought they were referring to …

Hundreds of Copies of Anne Frank’s Diary Vandalized in Japan

Japan’s slide to the political right appeared to take an alarming new twist with the discovery this month of hundreds of vandalized copies of the …

70 Japanese students volunteer to help clean Canada’s shores of Tohoku Tsunami debris

On 11 March, 2011 Hiroki Takai was studying at a university in Vancouver. Instead of feeling helpless at the steadily flowing images of destruction …

Snowy Day

My daughter Aya filmed this during Kyoto’s biggest snowfall of the year (4 cm, or less than 2 inches).<p>Advertisements

Kyoto Snapshots

Here is a year-end video that my daughter Aya filmed to share with family and friends.<p>Advertisements

Hafu: Telling the story of Japan's mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society【Q&A】

For such a small word, “half” carries an awful lot of weight here in Japan. Adapted to fit the syllabary, the word is pronounced “hafu” in Japanese, …

Plummeting morale at Fukushima Daiichi as nuclear cleanup takes its toll

Staff on the frontline of operation plagued by health problems and fearful about the future, insiders say<p>Dressed in a hazardous materials suit, full-face mask and hard hat, Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, left his audience in no doubt: "The future of Japan," he said, "rests on your shoulders. I …

Finding forgiveness: Japan reworks a Western classic

Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Academy Award winner “Unforgiven” has undergone a Japanese remake. “Yurusarezaru Mono” — starring Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, …

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Flood Relief in Arashiyama

Yesterday, I had planned to spend the day running round Kyoto’s most iconic sites, taking immersive 360 degree images with my new Ricoh Theta camera… …

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Los brutales métodos de entrenamiento de un profesor de voleibol en Japón

Propina hasta trece bofetadas en quince segundos a varios alumnos que asisten a su clase<p>Este peculiar método disciplinario lo hemos conocido a través …

Travel Shows Mirror Japan’s Imagined Globalization

JAPANsociology got its first mainstream media citation, in a column by Philip Brasor in the Japan Times, “Travel Shows Warp True …

Immaculate Conceptions and Japanese Citizenship

by Robert Moorehead<p>According to the Mainichi, on September 13, the Osaka Family Court ruled that a child conceived through sperm donation must be …

Travel shows warp true globalization

Now that Tokyo has been given the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the city, as well as all of Japan, will spend the next seven years …

Tepco tech chief disputes Abe's 'under control' assertion

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. executive created a stir Friday by stating that he doesn’t believe the radioactive water leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 …

Toxic drain water may have run into Pacific

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it found radioactive substances in a drainage ditch that leads directly to the Pacific Ocean near the Fukushima No. 1 …

Filmmaker revisits the children of Fukushima's 'Grey Zone'

For independent filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash, making documentaries is an organic process. “I’m not a journalist, and I don’t try to make judgments,” he …

Is Japan the only winner of the G20 meeting?

There are no operational trading tips from last week's G20 meeting held in the splendors of St. Petersburg's Konstantinovsky Palace. But in spite of …

東京の上映時間が決まりました! Tokyo screening times are announced! 日本初上映まであと3週間です! 『ハーフ』は10月5日から18日まで渋谷のアップリンクで上映されます! http://www.uplink.co.jp/movie/2013/12408 上映時間は: 10/5(土)~10/18(金) 13:00~ 会場:ファクトリー60席 14:45~ 会場:エックス45席 19:00~ 会場:エックス45席 *映画は87分です。 *チケットは劇場で当日のみ購入可能です。午前10時45分から販売されます。 *空席情報はアップリンクまでお問い合わせください。 http://www.uplink.co.jp/movie/2013/12408 Three weeks to go until "Hafu" is released in Tokyo! Starting October 5 - 18th! Screening times are as follows: October 5 (Saturday) ~ October 18 (Friday) 13:00~ Theater: Factory (60 seats) 14:45~ Theater: X (45 seats) 19:00~ Theater: X (45 seats) *Running time is87 minutes. *Tickets can only be purchased on the day at the theater. Tickets will sell from 10:45am. *Please contact UPLINK regarding any questions. (Japanese only) http://www.uplink.co.jp/movie/2013/12408

U.S. JET teacher features in 3/11 film

While Taylor Anderson’s life was cut short on March 11, 2011, along with thousands of others caught in the massive tsunami triggered by an earthquake …

French Fukushima cartoon offends Japan

Japan to lodge complaint with French embassy over newspaper cartoon linking nuclear disaster and 2020 Olympics bid<p>Japan is to lodge an official complaint about a cartoon in a French newspaper that links the Fukushima nuclear disaster with Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.<p>The …