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· September, 2012

Stories about Japan from September, 2012

China: University's Stability Maintenance Instructions on Diaoyu Islands Dispute

Anne Henochowicz from China Digital Times translated a stability maintenance instructions from within an university from Shaanxi province which demands teachers and staffs from various departments to monitor students’ sentiment...

Japan: Anxiety Over Human Rights Commission Bill

A bill to set up a Human Rights Commission has been met with opposition from different parties and citizens. The bill aims to set up an independent commission for human...

Japan: Petition to Release Violin from Frankfurt Customs

On August 16, 2012, German customs officials at Frankfurt Airport seized a Guarneri violin from Japanese professional musician Yuzuko Horigome when she failed to present correct documentation. They demanded that she...

Japan: Citizens Respond to New Nuclear Power Policies

Individuals with vested interests in nuclear power have been named to lead a regulatory commission of the Japanese government that will play crucial role in determining whether to phase out...

Japan: Misreporting on “1,000 Chinese Boats” Headed for Disputed Islands

The watchdog for accuracy in news reporting in Japan reports [ja] in its website gohoo.org that several major Japanese newspapers have recently written posts on the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands, which are...

Japan: Should a Famous Comedian's Mum Be Allowed Social Aid?

A Japanese comedian became the subject of massive outrage in the media and online, after it was revealed his mother has claimed social benefit.

Japan: Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Worker Dangers Revealed

A citizen media news video has revealed the dangerous conditions that cleanup workers in Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant are finding themselves in. The plant was damaged by last year's...

China: Writer said “I am a Traitor”

Sijia Song from Tea Leaf Nation has translated a Chinese prominent writer, Li Chengpeng's latest blogpost: “Confessions of a Traitor”. The post has received more than 200,000 views and 19,000...

Porn Star Appeals for China/Japan Friendship

Popular Japanese porn star Sola Aoi appealed for friendship between Chinese and Japanese early last week when the tension between China and Japan elevated. But her friendly gesture was not...

China: Protesters Arrested for Human Rights Banner at Anti-Japan Rally

The arrest of three protesters in Shenzhen who were peacefully demonstrating in the middle of thousands of anti-Japanese protesters on September 16 demonstrates how the police officers were effectively and...

A QQ Conversation on the China-Japan Island Dispute

Xujun Eberlein from Inside out China translated a QQ conversation on the China-Japan Island dispute to help the outside world understand how ordinary people felt about the conflict.

China: Censor Machine Suspended for Anti-Japan Mobilization?

As the tension between China and Japan over the disputed Diaoyu Islands (also known as the Senkaku Islands) has elevated, large scale anti-Japan protests have taken place all over China...

Japan: Imagining Future Japanese-Korean Relations with ‘Free Hugs’

A "free hugs" video filmed in Korea by a young Japanese man attracted another round of attention this summer. The creator's intent was to "prove that there is hope for...

Japan: Radio Airs Story of Fukushima Province Evacuee

Multilingual community radio station FMYY in Kobe has aired a radio drama titled “Under Invisible Clouds” [ja], the story of Yasuko Sasaki, one evacuee from the town of Namie in...

China: Another Waves of Anti-Japan Protest

Anne Henochowicz from China Digital Times reports on the new waves of anti-Japan protest in major cities in China. Some angry protesters attempted to attack Japanese restaurants and cars.

Japan: Kansai Queer Film Festival Kicks Off

Japan's 7th Kansai Queer Film Festival kicks off in Osaka this weekend September 15-17, and will be held in Kyoto on October 12-14. It celebrates and shows various films that focus on...

In Sea of Censorship, China Allows Anti-Japan War Vitriol

A fleet of six Chinese surveillance ships has been deployed in response to the Japanese government's move to purchase three disputed islets from their private Japanese owners. Some Chinese netizens...

Japan: House of Representatives Passes ACTA

ACTA and three other motions were all adopted together in a plenary session [ja] of the Japanese House of Representatives on September 6, 2012. 

Japan: Fukushima Women Gather Against Nuclear Power

Former United Nations worker Kaori Izumi called for a “Vote for Solidarity” [ja] in order to change Japan's policies around nuclear energy at a gathering of Fukushima women on August 29,...

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Nevin Thompson is our Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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