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  1. Politics of peace

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... An apparent blitz on anti-war activists in Japan has sparked fears that authorities want to silence critics of Tokyo's shift towards a stronger military role, writes David McNeill ... of Japan's Self-Defence Forces (SDF) suggesting they 'think deeply' about their decision to support a costly and illegal war. The flier, distributed around an SDF housing complex ...

  2. Japan's justice system in the dock

    Posted Oct 12th 2009, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... they think might finally force change on Japan's much-criticised police and courts. 'I believe his release could do for Japan what the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six cases did for the UK,' says Sugaya's lawyer Hiroshi Sato. Those wrongful convictions led to a major overhaul of police methods and the establishment of the Criminal Cases Review Commission. 'Japan ...

  3. Japan's 'third choice' offers voters happiness, war

    Posted Aug 02nd 2009, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... David McNeill Its leader is the wife of a reincarnated god with a spiritual hotline to Kim Jong-il. It plans to rearm Japan, make it the world's No 1 economy and attack Korea. Welcome to the Happiness Realisation Party. As a historic general election looms on August 31, Japan's long-suffering electorate face a clear choice: the conservative party that has virtually monopolised ...

  4. Sea change for Japan's stressed-out salarymen

    Posted Jul 05th 2008, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... a break, he jumped at the chance. But instead of visiting a hot spring resort or driving to Japan's shrinking countryside- typical weekend pursuits for the burned-out Tokyo salaryman- ... deals. 'We see a steady increase in average customers, even salarymen,' says Akinori Ueda, spokesman for the Yokohama Bayside Marina, one of the largest of Japan's 40 leisure ...

  5. As China fumes, Japan turns up nose at orgy

    Posted Oct 08th 2003, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... and generated enormous heat and anger, coming as it did on the anniversary of Japan's 1931 invasion of northeast China. The timing was deliberate, said many - an attempt to 'humiliate' ... of the orgy story for bilateral relations worried the Japanese government enough to promise an 'investigation'. In Japan you might expect the company whose employees' holiday trip had ...

  6. Japan can't remain only for Japanese

    Posted Jan 19th 2005, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... an enlightened policy on foreign workers. On closer inspection, however, Japan continues to hold the rest of the world at bay, even as a looming population crisis threatens to send the world's second-largest economy plummeting down the economic league tables. Most observers believe that the trade deal will allow, at most, a few hundred Filipino nurses to work indefinitely in Japan, provided ...

  7. Japan goes bananas over the Nanas

    Posted Sep 26th 2005, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... and fight for love and respect in the world's largest metropolis, their friendship enduring conflicts over career, family and boyfriends. Such is the bare plot of one of Japan's biggest ... that you're not alone with your pain and self-doubt can be a source of comfort,' Yazawa said. Japan's best-selling female manga artist said she saw her two characters- the romantic Komatsu ...

  8. Worldbeat

    Posted Aug 21st 2005, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... by dancing teams of percussion and Latin groups. Japan's version of the Rio Carnival has been dancing its way through the streets of Asakusa in Tokyo's shitamachi (downtown) area ... of the traditional jewels in Japan's cultural heritage. A better example of cultural contrasts- the shaven-headed, austere world of aesthetic Buddhism versus the baton-twirling hedonistic display ...

  9. Magazines - 48hrs - SEE/HEAR

    Otaku's rising star Masataka Iwamoto brings pop art to Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... David McNeill Otaku's rising star Masataka Iwamoto is unleashing his vivid pop art on the city, writes David McNeill Teenage fanclub BILLED AS JAPAN'S fastest-rising otaku ... a Warhol-like figure who runs a successful collaborative art "factory" called Kaikai Kiki. Iwamoto's talent quickly propelled him outside Japan, with exhibitions in the US, Britain ...

  10. Lust in translation

    Posted Feb 11th 2006, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... The evolution of Japan's love hotel industry has provided generations with the privacy to indulge their passions... and fantasies. David McNeill checks out who's checking-in ... Japan has developed a much more civilised solution: the love hotel. In a country where space is at a premium and where most young people still live with their parents, the demand for cheap ...




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