Joe Peters

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Will Japan Become a Nation of Immigrants?

06/14/2016
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Japan has a thousand-year-old history of being closed to immigrants. According to Hidenori Sakanaka, former director of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau and Executive Director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute, the nation needs to make big changes to its immigration policy, “Japan needs to accept at least 10 million immigrants during the next 50 years,” Sakanaka,...
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Walking the Rainbow Bridge

04/18/2016
Rainbow Bridge Tokyo Bay from Odaiba

Walking across the Rainbow Bridge is one of the most noteworthy walks Tokyo offers. The half-mile span takes approximately 30 minutes to cross. Many people, including Japanese, aren’t even aware that it is possible to walk across the bridge. Some compare it to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, but at 798 meters the bridge...
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Online sales soar in Japan

03/15/2012
Online sales soar in Japan

TOKYO (majirox news) — The days of the glittering department store, selling everything that a customer could possibly need, may be numbered. Who needs smartly uniformed “elevator girls” to bow you in and out of automated elevators, when you can click a button in the comfort of your own home? Sales of goods through...
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Tokyo press spellbound by Woodford

11/27/2011
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Speaking before a standing room only crowd at the Foreign Correspondents’’ Club in Japan on Nov. 25, Michael Woodford, the 30-year veteran bottom-to-top success story at Olympus, held the audience spellbound as he explained his ouster from the company just a few weeks before. Woodford, who is still a director of the company, arrived...
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Organizations pedaling hope for devastated communities

08/31/2011
The Three Amigos, from left to right: Mark McBennett, Lowell Sheppard, Tony Torres Photo Credit: JC2C

TOKYO (majirox news) — Millions of cyclists ride their bikes every day in Japan to go to work, school, shopping, exploring or for pleasure. However, another group of riders will soon take to the streets, participating in a 300-kilometer (180-mile) ride Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 to raise money for communities devastated by the...
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Breaking out of the hikikomori shell

08/19/2011
Breaking out of the hikikomori shell

TOKYO (majirox news) — Following the Tohoku earthquake of March 11 the world came to know Japan as a land of stoic and brave people. Tales of neighbor helping neighbor, families offering accommodation to strangers, and thousands of volunteers traveling to the stricken areas have been in the headlines, online news stories, and blogs...
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Under fire Kyoto relents

08/11/2011
Under fire Kyoto relents

KYOTO (majirox news) — Kyoto will now use the wood from the tsunami devastated town of Rikuzentakata at Iwate prefecture in the August 16 Obon fires after the federation of local bonfire festival organizers came under attack for refusing to burn woodblocks for fear of radiation. About 340 woodblocks with prayers and messages to...
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Kyoto rejects ‘safe’ wood from disaster area for fire ritual

08/10/2011
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KYOTO (majirox news) — One of the few remaining cedar trees from the tsunami-devastated town of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture was cut into 340 pieces. Prayers and messages to family members who were lost in the tsunami were written on these woodblocks. The blocks were meant to be burned in one of the Kyoto...
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Japanese chick sexing a dream job not just for guys

07/26/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) – A school that gives lessons on how to sex the chicks: Every guy’s dreams, right? According to Atsushi Nodera, Manager of the Chick Sexing Department of the Japan Livestock Technology Association, it is also the dream of more than a few young women. This year’s class at the Zen Nippon...
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Cesium in tea at Kanagawa Prefecture

05/15/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) – Tea leaves grown outside the city of Minamiashigara at Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture exceeded the legal limits of radioactive material. Kanagawa Prefecture is located in the southern Kanto region of Japan and Minamiashigara is about 100 km (about 60 miles) southwest of Tokyo and 280 km from Fukushima Daiichi...
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