Category: Japan

Gender and sexuality, Japan

Women storm bastions of male political power in Japan

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Japan’s mainstream voters show they are not averse to voting women into power On 15 September, the political glass ceiling in Japan received another dent when the main political opposition party, the Democratic Party (DP), elected Renho as its leader. This comes very soon after another significant milestone for women in politics was passed when […]

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Hiroshima storytellers keep A-bomb memories alive

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The stories of Hiroshima survivors offer some healing and some hope To walk the halls of Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum is to trace humanity at its worst—and its best. In this place of human shadows etched onto stone are too many reminders of the too many victims of the world’s first nuclear bomb used in […]

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Japan deepens its engagement of Africa

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Against the backdrop of China and India’s rise, Japan looks to Africa to help assert its position in a contested regional order Africa is becoming a new strategic playground for Asian nations, especially Japan, China and India. While China and India are relatively new to the contemporary African game, Japan’s engagement of postcolonial Africa has […]

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Will Japan’s lowered voting age reverse decreasing voter turnouts ?

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 Japan’s recent Upper House elections had special significance—it was the first time 18 and 19-year-olds were allowed to vote For the first time in a Japanese national election, 18 and 19-year-olds voted on 10 July 2016 in the 24th Upper House election, which saw the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeito, returned with […]

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Japan’s food education campaign takes on a nationalistic flavour

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Mothers under pressure as Japan pushes return to a traditional diet The Japanese government’s shokuiku (food education) campaign entered a new phase recently that again places rice-based dishes at the forefront of the national diet. Shokuiku started in 2005 in response to concerns over rising lifestyle-related diseases, food safety and national food sufficiency, and for […]

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New thinking redefines Japan’s foreign aid policy

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Japan’s latest aid charter has introduced new and controversial measures Foreign aid is a key instrument of international engagement in Japan’s foreign policy toolkit. Although Tokyo is no longer the world’s top aid donor that it once was in the 1990s, it still is one of the leading ODA (official development assistance) donors within the […]