Returning UK citizens face challenges


British PM invited to explain “unfair” policy to British expats in Japan at G7 British residents of Japan moving back to their home country with a Japanese spouse or children face problems. Rules introduced by the Cameron government in the past few years that apply to non-EU family members require proof of a legally...
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Has the Prime Minister betrayed the Japanese people?

Has the Prime Minister betrayed the Japanese people?

Yukio Edano, the Secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) asked this question at a press conference TOKYO (majirox news): The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) arranged three conditions with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, before calling the election that swept the LDP to into power. These specific...
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Japan: The Mystery of the (Almost) Invisible Suicide


Japanese media mysteriously go mum over dramatic incident TOKYO (majirox news) — On a Sunday afternoon, in the middle of Tokyo’s crowded Shinjuku district, a man sits on top of a bridge, pours a flammable liquid over himself and sets fire to it. He explains using a megaphone that he is doing this to...
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Thousands sign petition against Japan’s Secrecy Bill


TOKYO (majirox news) — The Secrecy Bill introduced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears likely to be enacted, despite the opposition of nearly 4 out of 5 Japanese (77%). It has passed the lower house of the Japanese Diet (parliament), and with the help of the Japan Restoration Party (JRP) and Your Party, it...
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Fair shares for all


Japanese stockholders claim their right to vote in record numbers TOKYO (majiroxews)– Japanese shareholders have traditionally been a passive breed, content to let the directors of companies manage the enterprises in the way that they think best. This laid-back attitude has been responsible for a number of corporate scandals, including those at Olympus Corporation,...
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Women want a bigger voice in government


Japan has a poor record when it comes to women’s rights, ranking 101 out of 135 according to some statistics. A new political party founded as the result of a Facebook message is looking to change that, and to improve the lot of other disadvantaged groups as well as that of women in Japan....
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Farmers rally against TPP


Although Japan has not yet made a decision on whether it will join the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a recent announcement by Prime Minister Abe that he is seriously considering joining talks as a prelude to possible membership to the free trade bloc has sent shock waves through some parts of Japan, chiefly the...
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Fuksuhima victims rally to support class-action suit against govt, plant operator

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Survivors of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami who were forced to evacuate following the multiple meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant are taking legal action against the power company operating the plant and the Japanese government, for damages caused by the disaster. TOKYO (majirox news) — At least 350 Fukushima...
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Abe seeks solution to island row with Russia

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The Soviet Union occupied several disputed islands off Hokkaido in 1945, and this resulted in Japan and the USSR – now Japan and Russia – feeling unable to sign a peace treaty to end World War II. The Northern Territories, as they are known in Japan and Kuril Islands in Russia, have been a...
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Legendary wrestler Antonio Inoki on a peace mission


A pro wrestler may seem like an unlikely ambassador for peace and for human rights. But Antonio Inoki, a Japanese wrestler, has made these ideals a part of his life. Legendary Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki recently received a hero’s welcome at the Wrestling for Peace Festival in Pakistan. He returned to the country after...
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