JAPANESE LANGUAGE SECTION
私は以前から松本サリン事件の捜査と報道に興味を持ち、個人的にこの事件の報道について調べていました。そして、今回河野義行さん（同事件被害者、前長野県公安委員）が２００６年７月５日、同志社大学今出川校地で学際科目、「マスメディアの現場」（科目責任者・渡辺武達教授）でゲスト講義に来られるということを浅野教授から聞き、翌日の７月６日午後６時から７時まで、河野さんと直接お話をする機会をいただきました (ASANO Ken’ichi)
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JAPAN AND ASIA IN ENGLISH
Japanese Toxic Waste to be Dumped in the Philippines
JAPAN just found a site to dump Toxic and Hazardous wastes in a poor neighbouring country who cannot recycle its own domestic waste. In exchange for Nurses and Caregivers to work in Japanese Health Services, the Philippines 7, 100 beautiful islands accepted to be the dumping site for Japan.
NATIONALIST EDUCATION AND |GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED JAPANESE MEDIA
Government confirms it planted pre-scripted questions at town meeting on education
Shii demands thorough discussion on 3 issues before voting on education bill
Opposition parties agree to jointly block government bill to revise education law
Government orders to NHK of what to air in violation of freedom of press
Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Suga Yoshihide on November 10 ordered NHK to air programs on North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals on Radio Japan, NHK’s international shortwave radio service.
The Okinawan Election and Resistance to Japan’s Military First Politics
The National Politics of Yasukuni Shrine
Takahashi Tetsuya’s “The National Politics of the Yasukuni Shrine,” is among the most important statements to emerge from the debate over Yasukuni Shrine, historical memory and war nationalism.
North Korea’s Nuclear Test—Bush’s Godchild?
Politicians have hastened to express moral outrage even if, and perhaps especially if, they come from countries which have many nuclear weapons and have conducted tests. Journalists have been having a field day, many delighting in the opportunity to write lurid stories unencumbered by the need to check facts and qualify opinions. Under the circumstances, it is more necessary than ever before to keep a clear head and try to disentangle fact from fantasy, to unearth what has been going on, and what is likely to happen.
ADDED 24 OCTOBER
Reporter Eric Johnston on McGowan victorious appeal
On Oct. 18th, the Steve McGowan case ended with a partial victory, when the Osaka High Court awarded him 350,000 yen. McGowan had sued Takashi Narita, the owner of an eyeglass store in Daito, Osaka Pref. for racial discrimination after Narita barred him from entering his store and told McGowan he didn’t like black people. (debito.org)
ENVIRONMENT-JAPAN: Readying for Life Without Bluefin Tuna Dishes
[A]landmark agreement, based on evidence that Japan had caught 1,800 tons of southern bluefin tuna more than permitted, was reached during the Oct. 10-13 meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna in Miayazaki, southern Japan. (interpress)
“We Don’t Negotiate with Evil” :How the US Declared War on North Korea
As Bush entered office, physicist Gordon Prather writes, “according to the IAEA, there were no nuclear programs peaceful or otherwise underway in Iraq or North Korea.” But in 2002 the U.S. administration claimed that Pyongyang “had violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by obtaining unbeknownst to the IAEA prototypes of high-speed gas centrifuges from Pakistan and that by 2001, DPRK engineers were producing unbeknownst to the IAEA enriched uranium in significant quantities.” As in the case of Iraq, U.S. officials claimed to have “intelligence” at variance with U.N. inspectors’ reports.
Economic Reforms Breeds Young Underclass
According to experts, this growing young underclass is the product of new economic reforms in Japan, launched five years ago, to reduce the national budget deficit, by cutting down on public spending and the squeezing of costs on personnel by private companies. (interpress)
Women In Action: Cultures and Diversity
Women In Action covers a broad range of issues affecting women globally, but focusing on the particular needs and concerns of women in the Global South, and forwarding a progressive perspective tempered by the experiences of the thirld world women’s movements. Some of the topics included here are:
Strengthening Counterculture, Group Rights vs. Individual Rights? Navigating the Tension in Western Liberal States, Putting You in Your Place: Culture and the Filipino Lesbian, Turbulent Times for Multicultural Societies: Gap between Cultures in The Netherlands Widens Drastically, Boys Don’t Learn!!! Also see this issue: Queering: Social Movements and Queer Theories, which includes a review of the book Queer Japan. (isiswomen)
Japan Aids Prevention Awareness Network Newsletter
Information for teachers, students, everyone. Where to go to get tested. Japanese link such as the CAMPUS AIDS INTERFACE
HIV感染者・AIDS患者に対する偏見・差別の払拭を、感染者・患者と共に考え、社会的啓発活動を”楽しみながら”行う大学生/OB・OGを中心とした団体です。なお、政治団体・宗教団体との関わり合いは一切ありません。 (Louise Haynes)
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War Crimes Suit Prepared against Rumsfeld (Democracy Now)
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Donald Rumsfeld: The War Crimes Case
JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, says that although Donald Rumsfeld is resigning as US Secretary of Defense, steps should be and will be taken to hold him accountable for breaches of international law and even war crimes sanctioned in Iraq and Guantanamo during his tenure. Read more…
North Dakota Braves and the Atomic Bomb: Priest and Two Veterans in WMD Protest Sentenced for Prayer for Peace (Updated)
On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, it dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. These nuclear weapons killed over 200,000 people, almost all civilians, and injured many more.
On Tuesday morning, June 20, 2006, a Roman Catholic priest and two veterans were arrested at a nuclear missile silo in North Dakota. Fr. Carl Kabat, 72, Greg Boertje-Obed, 51, and Michael Walli, 57, sit in jail in North Dakota awaiting a federal criminal trial because of weapons of mass destruction and because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Let’s now charge the accomplices (John Pilger)
Why isn’t George Bush Snr being charged…..Why isn’t Douglas Hurd being charged…Why isn’t Donald Rumsfeld being charged…Why isn’t Madeleine Albright being charged…Above all, why aren’t Blair and Bush Jnr being charged with “the paramount war crime”, to quote the judges at Nuremberg and, recently, the chief American prosecutor – that is, unprovoked aggression against a defenceless country? Read more…
The Terrorists Who Aren’t in the News
Anti-abortion fanatics spread fear by bombings, murders and assaults, but the media take little notice. Read more…
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