United Nations urges Japan to accept refugees

The United Nations is putting pressure on Japan to accept more refugees, especially people displaced by the war in Syria. Prime Minister Abe has said Japan should deal with its own problems before taking in newcomers. This week, the head of the UN body responsible for refugees, Antonio Guterres, was in Tokyo. He was quoted […]

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Women claim chauvinism and harassment hinder gender equality

The media often presents Japanese women as sexy and strange. Yet it also frequently reports on the pressures women face to become successful in their careers, suggesting they have a duty to assist Japan’s economy. This week, the readers of the leading US business newspaper the Wall Street Journal were presented with a striking image […]

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Abe supporter fired in row over defence policy

A university president who publicly supported Prime Minister Abe’s defence policy has lost his job. The news has led to a debate about freedom of speech and highlighted the divisions within Japan over the sensitive issue of national security. Koji Murata, 51, a professor of political science, was until recently the president of Doshisha University […]

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Relations warm between Japan, China and South Korea

There has been a breakthrough in Japan’s diplomatic relationship with China and South Korea. The leaders of the three countries met for the first time in three years last weekend. A few days later, China’s premier urged Japanese businesses to maintain their trade with China, despite a slowdown in China’s rate of economic growth. On […]

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