Abe urges language learners to share Japan’s true colours

Foreigners who speak Japanese are able to understand Japan better than people who cannot speak the language, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For most foreigners, mastering the language is a daunting task. Fortunately, the Japanese themselves are striving for better English and claim to have invented a wonderful machine which translates Japanese to English if […]

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Amnesty condemns Japan’s death penalty and criminal justice system

Is Amnesty International right to call Japan’s criminal justice system “deeply flawed”? Should it abolish the death penalty to prevent innocent people being killed? Many of Japan’s social systems have much in common with the West. However, its criminal justice system is significantly different. There are often reports in the international media which are critical […]

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Indian nuclear deal challenges Japan’s green credentials

Japan’s prime minister says its innovative green technology can tackle global climate change. But a plan to sell nuclear power reactors to India has been criticised as “eco-destuctive” and condemned by the former mayor of Fukushima. This week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the world leaders to give a speech at the COP21 conference […]

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