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Japanese Should Stop Calling DRPK “Kita-Chosen”

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

This summer, I went to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or in Japanese, Chosen Minshushugi Jinmin Kyowakoku (in short, “Chosen”), with three of my girlfriends.

Western media propagates this country as a “fearful dictatorship,” but what I saw, though it should come as no surprise, is a country where ordinary people work, go to school, play when they can, raise children, look after aging parents,...

 

Japanese Must Learn the History of Forced Labour

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

I am writing this in Hiroshima on August 6, on the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

For the last 13 years, I have participated in an annual peace study tour for U.S. and Japanese university students...

Anti-Korean sentiment behind BTS backlash in Japan

Satoko Oka Norimatsu, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

 

BTS (Bangtan Boys) is a seven-member hip-hop boys’ group that debuted in South Korea in 2013. Over the past two years, these top K-pop stars propelled themselves to worldwide stardom rapidly with their superb...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Enlisting the power of water

January 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

If I am asked, “What’s your favorite drink?” without hesitation I will answer “awamori.” A cold beer after a bath is also hard to resist, but a glass of cold water the morning after drinking a little too much tastes every bit as good.
In...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column Peru in Koza

July 28, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Peru is in Okinawa City – you may think that sounds a little strange, but Okinawa City is an international cultural tourism town providing a home to people from over 40 countries and mixing all sorts of cultures together. The huge U.S. military bases are not...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column

February 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Just half a day after the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported the story about the Okinawa Defense Bureau official’s injudicious remark regarding the submission of the Henoko environmental impact report, national papers and news service agencies delivered the story...

Night rainbow said to invite happiness photographed on Ishigaki Island

Night rainbow said to invite happiness photographed on Ishigaki Island

January 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the evening of January 7, a night rainbow was observed at the Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory. A night rainbow is said to be a phenomenon that invites happiness. It was visible in the western sky looking from the Observatory, which is located at the summit...

Change U.S. policy on Futenma by sending out information directly from Okinawa

May 13, 2011 by Michiyo Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three U.S. senators, including Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have called for the Pentagon to abandon plans to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma facilities to the Henoko district of Nago, rejecting...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column

March 31, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

According to Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Miyagi Prefecture, false rumors are being spread through the areas stricken by Great East Japan Earthquake. The rumors are to the effect that, “Chinese are stealing relief supplies,” “Sex crimes are occurring...

Former Governor of Okinawa Masahide Ota: Maher’s remarks represent his true feelings

Former Governor of Okinawa Masahide Ota: Maher’s remarks represent his true feelings

March 12, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo
Former Governor of Okinawa Masahide Ota discusses what may lie behind the disparaging remarks about Okinawa made by Kevin Maher, who was subsequently removed from his position as Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in the US State Department.
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