By David McNeil An exhibition of censored artwork in Nagoya city triggers a furious debate on artistic expression. The artistic director of the Aichi Triennale 2019 had few illusions when he planned an exhibition called “After Freedom of Expression”. By choosing items that poked painfully at some of Japan’s most tender spots - war crimes, subservience to America and the status … [Read more...] about Freedom Fighting: Nagoya’s censored art exhibition and the “comfort women” controversy
by Hifumi Okunuki (Shingetsu News Agency) Medical professionals, even doctors themselves, often accept this anachronistic apprenticeship system as a necessary evil or as shikataganai (unavoidable). This recalls how many in the medical profession readily accepted the inevitability of robbing young women of their spots in medical school while practicing some grotesque form of … [Read more...] about Bread & Roses: Is Your Attending Physician Working for Free?
by Hifumi Okunuki, Shingetsu News Agency ...I was in a café with a friend who has little interest in politics. She turned to me and said, “South Korea really pisses me off.” Another friend of mine returned home to her octogenarian parents. During dinner her father started going off on Korea and Koreans. This shocked my friend because he had never before expressed any sort of … [Read more...] about Bread and Roses: A Leftist Case Against Hate Speech Laws in Japan
By David McNeill (Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan) One autumn day five years ago, journalists at the Asahi Shimbun looked up from their desks to see their boss holding an impromptu press conference on the newsroom TV screens. For months, the newspaper had been taking flak over an article about the Fukushima nuclear accident. Now Tadakazu Kimura, its president, was … [Read more...] about Support the Waseda Chronicle
From Peter Wynn Kirby, Japan Focus. The record earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 ushered in a highly mediated disaster as Japanese grappled with the triple-meltdowns and radiation crisis at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Largely out of sight of international camera crews and probing journalists, the Japanese state and multiple municipalities … [Read more...] about Slow burn: Dirt, Radiation, and Power in Fukushima