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Homeless Men Denied Shelter During Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis
October 17, 2019

Homeless Men Denied Shelter During Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis

By Thisanka Siripala
As Japan recovers from the worst storm in decades, reports of a Tokyo shelter rejecting homeless evacuees has sparked international outrage.

Japan Looks for Missing After Typhoon Hagibis Kills Dozens
October 14, 2019

Japan Looks for Missing After Typhoon Hagibis Kills Dozens

By Jae C. Hong and Yuri Kageyama
Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds this weekend in central and northern Japan.
Has Japan Lost Out in the Partial US-Japan Trade Deal?
October 11, 2019

Has Japan Lost Out in the Partial US-Japan Trade Deal?

By Thisanka Siripala
With details of the U.S.- Japan trade emerging, has the Abe administration sold out the Japanese farming sector?

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement
October 11, 2019

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement

By Thisanka Siripala
The tradition of pardoning crimes in light of major imperial events brings into question the need for amnesty in the criminal justice system.

How Public Discourse Keeps the ‘Domestic’ and the ‘Foreign’ Separate in Japan
October 10, 2019

How Public Discourse Keeps the ‘Domestic’ and the ‘Foreign’ Separate in Japan

By Xiaochen Su
Caricatured images pervade Japanese portrayals and understanding of foreigners.

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 
October 04, 2019

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite global economic turmoil, the new tax rebate fails to sweeten the governments unpopular tax increase. 

Japan’s New Housing Policy to Reduce Abandoned Homes Falls Below National Target
September 26, 2019

Japan’s New Housing Policy to Reduce Abandoned Homes Falls Below National Target

By Thisanka Siripala
As aging Japan tries to reduce the number of empty houses through a subsidized housing initiative, the plan has been met with disinterest.
Japan Considering Dumping Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean
September 21, 2019

Japan Considering Dumping Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean

By Thisanka Siripala
Lawmakers attempt to justify releasing contaminated water stored at Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

Nuclear Power in the New Abe Cabinet
September 20, 2019

Nuclear Power in the New Abe Cabinet

By Tom Corben
The latest reshuffle was notable for several reasons, but not least for bringing nuclear power back into the spotlight.

Can the Japan Self-Defense Force Age Gracefully?
September 18, 2019

Can the Japan Self-Defense Force Age Gracefully?

By Yoshimitsu Sato
How the JSDF should adapt to a shrinking population and an aging society in Japan.

Japan’s Latest Cabinet Reshuffle Plagued by Bribery Scandal
September 18, 2019

Japan’s Latest Cabinet Reshuffle Plagued by Bribery Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
The ruling party’s cabinet reshuffle has been overshadowed by a cash for influence scandal.
Deadly Yokohama Train Crash Points to Overburdened Rail Crossings
September 11, 2019

Deadly Yokohama Train Crash Points to Overburdened Rail Crossings

By Thisanka Siripala
A fatal train collision has sparked renewed concern over the state of rail crossing safety in Japan's urban areas.

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