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Secrecy Bill Could Distance Japan From Its Postwar Pacifism (NYT)

Secrecy Bill Could Distance Japan From Its Postwar Pacifism (NYT)

TOKYO — Brushing past angry street protests and apocalyptic editorials in leading newspapers, Japan’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, appears set to achieve one of the first items on his legislative agenda to roll back his nation’s postwar pacifism: passing a national secrets law. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima rice delivered to Imperial Palace (Mainichi) Emperor having some.

Fukushima rice delivered to Imperial Palace (Mainichi) Emperor having some.

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A portion of rice harvested in a Fukushima Prefecture town for the first time after the March 2011 nuclear disaster has been delivered to the Imperial Palace in line with the wish of Emperor Akihito, the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. … Read entire article »

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Everything You Need to Know About the Fukushima Crisis (Truthout)

Everything You Need to Know About the Fukushima Crisis (Truthout)

  When we researched the realities of Fukushima in preparation for this article, words like apocalyptic, cataclysmic and Earth-threatening came to mind. But, when we say such things, people react as if we were the little red hen screaming “the sky is falling” and the reports are ignored. So, we’re going to present what is known in this article and you can decide whether we are facing a potentially cataclysmic event. (By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers … Read entire article »

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Fund Set Up to Promote “Cool Japan” Culture Overseas (JIJI)

Fund Set Up to Promote “Cool Japan” Culture Overseas (JIJI)

Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)–A public-private fund was established Monday to extend financial support for the overseas promotion of “Cool Japan” contemporary Japanese culture including animation, music and fashion.   … Read entire article »

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Last-minute deal saves fractious UN climate talks (BBC)

Last-minute deal saves fractious UN climate talks (BBC)

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News, in Warsaw :  UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming. … Read entire article »

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INTERVIEW WITH AMBASSADOR KENNEDY / U.S. ‘has no truer friend than Japan’(Japan News)

INTERVIEW WITH AMBASSADOR KENNEDY / U.S. ‘has no truer friend than Japan’(Japan News)

The United States “has no more important ally than Japan,” new U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy said during an exclusive interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun, in which she described the importance of the bilateral relationship and also urged Japan to play a more active role in the international community. … Read entire article »

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