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· December, 2012

Stories about Japan from December, 2012

Japan's Kanji of the Year 2012

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation has announced the kanji of the year 2012 is gold (金) on December 12, 2012. How do netizens conceive this announcement and how do...

Japan's Independent Film Theaters are Disappearing

One after the other, independent movie theaters are going out of business in Japan. The wave of closing theaters has changed Tokyo's street scenes, people who gathered and spent their...

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China's Chicken Scandal

A number of international fast-food chains are involved in the latest food safety scandal to hit China. Nationalistic voices are reacting by calling for foreign brands to be kicked out...

Police Accuses “2channel” for Assisting in Drug Trade

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department sent papers on Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder and former operator of Japan's popular online bulletin board “2channel” [ja] to prosecutors on December 20 2012, accusing...

Are Dynastic Politics Making a Comeback in East Asia?

First, Kin Jong-un took over North Korea after the death of his father. Then, Xi Jinping, the son of a communist politician veteran Xi Zhongxun, was announced the new leader...

Film Festival on Organic Farming in Japan

The international Film Festival on Organic Farming was held in Satta Hall at Hosei University in Tokyo, December 16, 2012. One participant ama_san [ja] commented on Twitter: Yesterday I went to the International...

Japan: Signature Campaign Calling for the Release of Anti-Nuclear Scholar

An online signature campaign has been launched to call for the release of Masaki Shimoji, Associate Professor of Economy at Hannan University, who has been arrested by Osaka police on...

Election Laws Hinder Japan's Political Online Activity

While Japanese citizens enjoy considerable Internet freedom, in times of election, things are little different due to Public Offices Election Act that restricts publication of political messages.

Hashtag Criticising Mass Media Trending in Tokyo

Former Sankei Newspaper journalist Sumio Yamagiwa, organized an online campaign to tweet #マスコミ断罪 [ja], a hashtag criticising Japanese mass media for its biased reporting. The hashtag was a trending topic amongst...

Japan's Indigenous Ainu Head to New Zealand

Ainu, the indigenous people of Northern Japan seek cultural exchange with Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Japan's First Live Streamed Political Debate

On November 29, 2012, Nico Nico Douga hosted Japan's first live-streamed political debate. Presidents from ten different parties joined the debate, which faced its own unique challenges.

Standing Up for Stalking Victims in Japan

Forty-nine different groups that campaign to end violence against women came together and made a joint statement on November 19, 2012 calling for concrete measures to support stalking victims and...

Brazilian Immigration Policy Faces New Challenges

Whereas the subject has long been debated in Europe and the USA, the issue of immigration has only recently gained prominence in Brazil. This new Brazilian reality throws up a...

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


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