Tag Archives: Nippon

How Kan can get away without changing his cabinet

Comments are closed — please join the fray on this post at MutantFrog.com. Japan’s Democratic Party, which took power in a historic election last year, has suffered a setback as it lost seats in yesterday’s upper house election. While they … Continue reading

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Japan’s un-carrier

Pictured above is Japan’s Hyuga-class “helicopter destroyer” (different angle) alongside the USS George Washington (see opposite angle here). It is hard to see from this angle but there is a significant size difference. The George Washington is a Nimitz class … Continue reading

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The Tory Dilemma

The Telegraph has an interesting article on the internal divisions of Britain’s Conservative Party. This is a tale of two parties. It starts at a drinks reception in Manchester, where a senior Conservative is talking about prisons. In his view, … Continue reading

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Recalling an Afghanistan Nightmare

As an adherent of the Robert D. Kaplan school of travel, I’m a big fan of overland travel. Given the choice and when time allows, I’d much rather travel by boat, train, or bicycle. Flying is convenient — but it … Continue reading

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Japan election commentary thank you

Well, as Curzon said: the party’s over. Last night the ruling party of Japan’s 54 year streak of power was finally broken. One could say that a political earthquake has struck Nagata-cho. Or that a tsunami has left them washed … Continue reading

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The Party’s Over

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has ruled Japan almost uninterrupted for the past six decades. It suffered a leadership crisis through the 1990s but managed to keep power largely due to the incompetence of the opposition. In 2001, the party elected … Continue reading

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Shaking up Japan’s political system (literally)

In recent years Robert D. Kaplan has been writing about the potentially disastrous consequences of urbanization and climate change: the number of deaths due to climate change will increase because of the concentration of people in high-risk zones for natural … Continue reading

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A dark spot for fun

It’s not every day that one is walking down the street and finds a playground that once used to be an execution ground for Christians. The text on the sign reads as: Former Kirishitan execution site and burial ground for … Continue reading

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A Call for 21st Century Government in Japan

Aceface kindly pointed me to this, a scanned pdf of the Japanese-language “Flying Object Information” form, filled out by hand by a Japan bureaucrat. It contains the basic information on the missile that flew over Japan on Sunday, noting where … Continue reading

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Castling in Japan

View of the Kiso River from the donjon of Inuyama Castle (Shot by Younghusband, Summer 2008) _Chikujojutsu_, the Japanese art of fortifications, classifies castles into three main categories: _hirashiro_ (flat-ground castles), _hirayamashiro_ (hill castles), and _yamashiro_ (mountain castles). The _hirashiro_ … Continue reading

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