Will Japan Become a Nation of Immigrants?


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

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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UN Slams Japan over Culture of Child Sex

Credit: Dick Thomas Johnson on Flickr, under Creative Commons

TOKYO (majiroxnews)–When Mari Christine Tsunoda thinks of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games to be held in Japan, she worries about what will happen in a country where children, in her view, are already too vulnerable to sexual exploitation. “There will be a great influx of foreigners coming to Japan for the summer...
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Priests on funerals: What’s business got to do with it

Funeral arrangement, with flower arrangements, a portrait of the deceased, and an ihai, a spirit tablet.

TOKYO (majirox news) — The $21 billion funeral industry is changing as more Japanese households are cutting down on the expensive business of dying during the global economic downturn. Many Japanese are choosing cheaper funerals as the aging population is growing. In fact, Japan has the highest proportion of elderly citizens over the age...
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If I had known


Scroll down to read in Japanese 日本語を読むにはスクロールダウンして下さい The following is a message from Hiro to the thousands of people who read the article about him- TOKYO (majirox news) -I would like to thank everyone for their show of support. It is an honor to have you read about ALS, and about me. Your responses...
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Hiro’s quest to create an ALS movement in Japan

HIro Fujita at home in his apartment in Tokyo.

Scroll down to read in Japanese 日本語を読むにはスクロールダウンして下さい TOKYO (majirox news) — Hiro was walking down his company’s hallway as he normally did, when he suddenly noticed he was experiencing difficulty raising his left arm. That was in February 2010. A few days later, he was surprised to find that hanging up his shirts was...
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Japan’s first anime DJ bar opens in Akihabara


TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan’s first ever anime DJ bar, which will play mainly hits from anime and games, has opened in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, the hallowed ground of the country’s otaku culture. Alchemist opened Sept. 29 with a promise to play music and video from old anime, current anime, game songs, vocaloid songs...
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Dharma diva shows bopping to Buddha done better by nun


TOYKO (majirox news) — Akari Miura is using her unique position as head priest of a temple and a professional singer-songwriter to try and draw people back to Buddhism. The 28-year-old diva of the dharma is the head priest at the Komyoji Temple in Nara. She released her debut single, Arigato, two months ago...
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Top-selling manga getting ‘One Piece’ of the swashbuckling action


TOKYO (majirox news) – This week, One Piece, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, was Japan’s best-selling manga series, according to Torico, operator of the Web site. One Piece topped the best-sellers list for the first half of 2011. One Piece has a huge following not only in Japan, but also among international...
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Bleach manga sparks world fans


TOKYO (majirox news) – The manga series Bleach, written and illustrated by Noriaki “Tite” Kubo, has gathered overwhelming support from its huge fan base through Internet buzz. More than 3.5 million copies of the series have been read in 13 countries, and thousands of fan Web sites are dedicated to it. Fans submit artwork...
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