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Dilemma of a Japanese Island: Territorial Defense in the East China Sea and Yonaguni Island 与那国自衛隊配備 国境交流こそ深化すべきだ
Gavan McCormack introduces a Ryukyu Shimpo editorial on the militarization of Yonaguni Island and the potential for peaceful exchange with Taiwan instead.
As Abe Shinzo's government pushes for nuclear restarts, local governments continue to resist.
UN Special Rapporteur Anand Grover on Fukushima: A Stunning Report Brushed Aside by the Japanese Government 国連人権委員会理事長アナンド・グローバー氏の目覚ましい福島報告書を払いのける日本政府
US Special Rapporteur Anand Gover's critical report on the health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and the human rights of the surrounding population has been dismissed by the Japanese government. Japanese translation available.
Abe and History - The Kobayashi Yoshinori Interview 安倍晋三の歴史認識—小林よしのりとの対談
In a 2010 interview with rightwing manga artist Kobayashi Yoshinori, PM Abe Shinzo made a number of points about history, China, and America that differ from the often sanitized comments that he makes in the internatoinal press.
Asia-Pacific Journal Feature
Opposition to the Japanese Government’s “Ceremony to Commemorate the Anniversary of Japan's Restoration of Sovereignty” 声明 日本政府の「主権回復・国際社会復帰を記念する式典」開催に反対する
The Japan Scientists' Association protests the Liberal Democratic Party government's commemoration of "Japan's Restoration of Sovereignty and Return to the International Community"
“Racists Go Home!”, “Go Crawl Back to the Net!” – Anti-Racism Protestors Confront the Zaitokukai レイシストは帰れ！」、「ネットに這って戻れ！」在特会に立ち向かう反レイシズム活動
Anti-racism protestors stand up to the increasingly extreme Zaitokukai in Shin Okubo and Tsuruhashi.
Is North Korea the "madman" on the Korean Peninsula? Or is the word better used to define US policy? C. Douglas Lummis looks at the American style of nuclear brinksmanship.
David McNeill on the clashes between Sea Shepherd and Japan's whaling fleet and the larger geo-political background.
David McNeill introduces a Greenpeace video which focuses on human stories on the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Fukushima: An Assessment of the Quake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown 福島—地震、津波、そしてメルトダウンの評価
Gavan McCormack provides a scathing summary of the major issues surrounding the 3.11 disasters.
"Human Dogs", Aida Makoto, and the Mori Art Museum Controversy 「犬人間」、会田誠、そして森美術館問題
Kinyobi presents two different points of view on the controversial Mori Art Museum Aida Makoto exhibit.
Alexis Dudden on Abe's problematic view of history.
Warning: Genius at Work - The Art of Aida Makoto 取り扱い注意！天才作業中ー会田誠のアート
The work of Makoto Aida, long seen as the bad boy of Japanese art, is the subject of a major retrospective at the Mori Art Museum, but it’s not for the squeamish, writes David McNeill.
Okinawan Leaders Carry Osprey Protest to Tokyo 沖縄の市長、オスプレイ抗議を東京へ
With Japanese militarism on the rise, Okinawan leaders bring appeal for peace to Tokyo.
Nanjing Massacre 75th Anniversary and the China-Japan Island Dispute 南京大虐殺７５年と中日諸島争い
Satoko Norimatsu writes on the significance of the 75th annviersary of the Nanjing Massacre as Japan's territorial dispute with China intensifies.
A meditation on his life and work by Nakazawa Keiji, published shortly before his death in December 2012.
The Abe Cabinet - An Ideological Breakdown 安倍内閣 所属団体を通してのイデオロギー的分析
A breakdown of the different neo-nationalist Diet member groups to which members of Abe's cabinet belong.
Japan at a Turning-Point: An Okinawan Perspective on the Return to LDP Government 岐路に立つ日本 沖縄からみた自民党政権の復帰
A translation of a Ryukyu Shimpo opnion piece on Japan's recent political shift by Okinawa International University Professor Sato Manabu. Japanese original text below.
Asia-Pacific Journal Coordinators Yuki Tanaka and Satoko Norimatsu remember manga artist and peace activist Nakazawa Keiji who passed away on December 19, 2012.
Jinbo Taro on historical awareness, the comfort women, and Abe's second term.
The Lessons of the 3.11 Meltdown for Japanese Nuclear Power: Citizenship Vs. A Corporate Culture of Collusion 日本原子力にたいする3.11炉心溶融の教訓−−市民対企業結託文化
A collection of three Japan Times articles by Roger Pulvers on the Fukushima disaster and the crony capitalism and corrupt politics that allowed it to take place.
Mr. Abe's Local Legacy and the Future of Nuclear Power in Japan 安倍氏の郷土遺産と日本原子力の将来
Martin Dusinberre looks at PM Abe and his policies from the point of view of small regional town - Kaminoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Trampled Islands – Bases, Violence and Unheard Voices 蹂躙された島−−基地、暴力、届かぬ声
So, fat cats and a blue caterpillar will save Japan from nuclear hell. OK そうか、太った猫たちとと一匹の青虫が日本を核の地獄から救うってか。さもあらばあれ
Roger Pulvers on the fault line beneath an Ishikawa Prefecture nuclear power plant.
After the deployment of MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Okinawa on October 1-2, protests against the American base presence have become more intense.
The deployment of the US Osprey aircraft to Okinawa sparks a strong protest movement.
Can the Miracle of Music Transform Africa’s Poverty? China’s Great Pianist Yuan Sheng Performs in Kenyan Slum 音楽の奇跡はアフリカの貧困に変化をもたらしうるか−−中国の大ピアニスト ユアン・シェン、ケニアの貧困地区で演奏
A photo essay on Chinese pianist Yuan Sheng's activism in Africa by ANdre Vltchek.
A neo-nationalist group in Hiroshima is attempting to banish Nakazawa Keiji's seminal atomic bomb manga Barefoot Gen from area classrooms.
A Greenpeace report calls into question the "profitability" of nuclear energy.