Tag Archives: Nippon

Across the Ocean, from Tokyo to Alaska, by Jeep

In 1957, two intrepid Westerners traveled from Tokyo to Alaska by amphibious jeep, and lived to tell the tale. One half of the duo published a book on the trip, titled Once a Fool. You can read large excerpts of … Continue reading

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Amateurs and Foreign Policy: The DPJ Unleashed

It looks increasingly likely that Japan’s opposition Democrats have a serious shot at taking power in the near future. The party has no experience in government, as Japan’s Liberal Democrats have essentially ruled unchallenged since the 1950s. Were the DPJ … Continue reading

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Weird Japan

There’s plenty of content regarding “weird Japan” on the internet. From goth lolita schoolgirls to humorous “Engrish” to tentacle anime porn, Japan has plenty of material for rubbernecking gawkers. As a long-term resident of Japan, I only post local material … Continue reading

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On the potential Japanese naval dispatch to Somalia

My first reaction to hearing about prime minister Aso’s push to get the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force in the Gulf of Aden helping to combat piracy was _bandwagoning_. Here is a typical example of Japan showing international leadership… six … Continue reading

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Global Trends, Part 5: The EU and Japan

The EU and Japan are two major economic and political global powers today. But it’s no secret that, due to aging populations and the rise of BRICs and other competitors, their power will wane in the future. The Global Threats … Continue reading

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MF Investigative Journalism

This is a week old, but following on the General Tamogami essay scandal in Japan a few weeks ago, Roy Berman at Mutantfrog wrote an excellent piece on the suspicious background of the event, and the blog post has just … Continue reading

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Four Years On, a look at America’s Ambassadors to Japan

Adamu has a post at Mutanfrog to note speculation that former Vice President Al Gore may be selected as ambassador to Japan. That has me thinking about the past, present, and future ambassadors to Japan that inspires me to repost … Continue reading

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Why disaster prevention measures in Japan scare me

A zoo in Japan went to extreme measures recently to make sure they were prepared in case a rhino broke loose. Two people wearing a massive rhino costume pranced around while workers practice their response in such an event. First … Continue reading

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Adultery Laws in the Far East

Jail for adultery in Korea Up through World War II, Japan had a law in its criminal code that prescribed criminal punishments for women who committed adultery. This statute was also part of the criminal code in its two colonies, … Continue reading

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So much for the Japanese system of lifetime employment

Japan fires air force head for controversial essay Japan’s defense minister dismissed his air force chief on Friday for writing an essay that claimed the country was not an “aggressor” in World War II and was trapped into getting involved … Continue reading

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