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June 12 2019

June 11 2019

another world

Tags: Japan Tokyo
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Tags: Japan Tokyo
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May 21 2019

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May 16 2019


BONBON (circa 1842). By Japanese artist, Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

Tags: Japan Art History
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May 14 2019


こたつ猫 kotatsuneko (cat in kotatsu)

Tags: Cat Japan
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May 13 2019


【soup.io】 @nobuyoshi-araki (NSFW!)

“Soup is dedicated to art by Nobuyoshi Araki, as most parts of the internet are heavily censored.”

October 26 2018

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vintage nude photo - by Rikkō Nakamura, 1951.

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October 15 2018

Tags: Book Japan
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October 14 2018


YouTube: Himiko Kikuchi - Don't be stupid (1980 - full album)

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October 06 2018


Japanese politician in baby row thrown out again – for sucking cough drop

“A Japanese politician who was forced to leave an assembly chamber last year after her colleagues objected to the presence of her seven-month-old child has been thrown out again for speaking while eating a cough drop.

Yuka Ogata, a member of the Kumamoto city assembly in south-western Japan, was ordered to leave the chamber last Friday after she refused to apologise for the incident – a move she believes is part of a campaign to frustrate her attempts to make the council more family-friendly.

She claimed that attitudes towards her had hardened since she took her child into the assembly last November. She had earlier asked for permission to breastfeed him in the chamber, or for daycare to be provided in the assembly building for the children of councillors, staff and visitors – requests that were rejected by the council.”

“While there is no ban on eating and drinking in the chamber, Ogata’s critics claimed she had damaged the assembly’s integrity by addressing other members with a lozenge in her mouth.

‘A lot of the people have misunderstood this as an issue related to my behaviour, which is how it has been reported in the media,’ she said. ‘This is part of a struggle between me and other councillors, most of whom are older men, to make the council more relevant to the everyday lives of ordinary people.’

Ogata was speaking at the podium when the chairman, Shinya Kutsuki, asked her if she had something in her mouth. She explained that she was sucking a lozenge because she was suffering from a cold and did not want to disrupt proceedings by coughing repeatedly.

The session was suspended while assembly members voted in favour of forming an ad hoc committee to decide how to discipline her. It composed an apology and demanded that she read it out. When Ogata refused, the committee reconvened and the chamber voted to suspend her for the rest of the day. The incident held up council business for eight hours.

‘It is unacceptable for a responsible adult to ask questions with a cough drop in their mouth,’ said the mayor of Kumamoto, Kazufumi Onishi, according to Kyodo News. “She needs to admit that she was at fault.’”


“The locals wanted to know technical details about the CV-22s, which arrived at Yokota in spring but departed for training outside Japan over summer and officially began their tenure at the base Monday.

There have been regular protests near the base this year by activists concerned about noise and safety issues that may be associated with the helicopter-plane hybrids.

In February, the commander of one of Okinawa’s two Marine Corps Osprey squadrons was fired, about six months after a crash off Australia’s eastern coast killed three Marines.

[Air Force Maj. Buckley] Kozlowski told the reporters that the CV-22 is an ‘extremely safe aircraft.’ The airmen who fly and maintain it are highly trained and skilled at accomplishing missions while keeping safety a priority, he said.

‘Yokota is the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for peacetime and contingency operations,’ he said. ‘Forward-basing the CV-22 at Yokota Air Base provides increased capability for the defense of Japan as well as capability for disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.’

Members of the unit were happy to see long lines of locals lining up to see and learn about the aircraft during Yokota’s recent Japanese-American Friendship Festival, Kozlowski said.

Reporters wanted to know about the unit operating the CV-22s and what sort of activities they’d be involved in. Officials didn’t provide detailed information about plans for the Ospreys.

‘All of our tactical training is conducted at approved locations coordinated between the U.S. government and the government of Japan,’ Kozlowski said. ‘The training we conduct is done with an eye towards maximizing safety.’”

Air Force gives Japanese reporters closeup look at Yokota’s Ospreys (Stars and Stripes, October 3, 2018)

October 04 2018


Shinzo Abe reshuffle leaves just one woman in Japanese cabinet

“…his decision to appoint one woman to the relatively low-profile role of regional revitalisation minister prompted criticism from an outgoing female minister and uncomfortable questions at his post-reshuffle press conference.

Asked why there was only one woman in his 19-member cabinet – one fewer than in his previous lineup – Abe claimed he had only just embarked on his ‘womenomics’ campaign to raise the standing of women in the workplace, although it is a cause he first championed soon after becoming prime minister in late 2012.

‘We must recognise that the ratio of women cabinet ministers is low compared with other countries, but Japan has just begun to create a society where women can be more active,’ he said. ‘I think we will nurture people who can become cabinet ministers.’

He claimed that the lone female appointee, the former career bureaucrat Katayama, had the determination of multiple women. ‘She is incredibly feisty. I know there is only one woman in this cabinet, but Ms Katayama has the presence of two or three women. I hope she will use that to promote the goal of female empowerment,’ he said, according to the Japan Times.

Seiko Noda, who was replaced as internal affairs minister by a man, said she was ‘extremely worried’ about the lack of female representation in senior positions in the party.”

Japan ranked 114th out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings last year – down three places from a year earlier and the lowest among the G7 nations. The report said the poor assessment reflected the low number of women in politics.

Only 10% of MPs in Japan’s lower house are women, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.”

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September 27 2018


September 26 2018

— @chounamoul on Twitter

BTSと秋元康のコラボ中止は当然! 秋元の女性蔑視や極右政権との癒着が問題にならない日本のほうがガラパゴス


問題となったシングル「Bird/FAKE LOVE/Airplane pt.2」の情報は9月13日の朝に解禁され、そこで初めて秋元氏が関わる曲が収録されると発表されたのだが、その情報が告知されるやいなやツイッターを中心にすぐさま炎上した。


ひとつはもちろん、これまでの秋元氏の仕事を見てきて感じた忌避の思いだ。〈難しいことは何も考えない 頭からっぽでいい 二足歩行が楽だしふわり軽く風船みたいに生きたいんだ〉〈女の子は可愛くなきゃね 学生時代はおバカでいい〉〈女の子は恋が仕事よ ママになるまで子供でいいそれよりも大事なことは そうスベスベのお肌を保つことでしょう?〉といった歌詞を問題視されたHKT48「アインシュタインよりディアナ・アグロン」をはじめ、本サイトでも何度も取り上げているように、秋元氏の書く歌詞は近年、女性蔑視的な内容を複数回にわたって問題にされ続けているが、その女性差別的感覚がいっこうに修正される気配はない。





たとえば、「No More Dream」では過酷な受験戦争に消耗して将来に夢を見出せなくなっている若者の苦悩を描き、また、「DOPE」では“三放世代”といった言葉に代表される世代間格差への憤りを歌っていたりしている。こういった内容の歌詞は、その渦中にいる若者たちの手によって書かれ、歌われるからこそ、切実な訴えとして聴衆に響く。


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September 24 2018


September 23 2018


September 12 2018


World Scholars, Artists, Activists Call for Demilitarization of Okinawa – Consortiumnews

“More than one hundred scholars, peace activists and artists from around the world have issued a statement condemning the Japanese and U.S. governments’ plans to build a new base for the US Marine Corps in Northern Okinawa.”

August 16 2018

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