Stories about Japan from December, 2014
The Kahoku Shimpo, a major newspaper in Tohoku, is publishing English translations of its unique first-hand accounts of the March 11, 2011 "triple disaster" with the help of Harvard University.
A port strike in the U.S. is causing a potato shortage in Japan and affecting McDonald's menus. But the company has more to worry about than just French fry rationing.
Following a strong 6.8 earthquake in November, Twitter users noticed that the Japanese seemed to brush it off easily, only three years after the 3.11 Tohoku Triple Disaster killed thousands.
Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.
"At work a bunch of the junior staff were discussing their kuribotchi plans. 'And just what the heck is kuribotchi?' I asked with a laugh. There was an awkward silence."
Even as the status of women has slowly improved in Japanese society, maternity harassment remains a serious issue. Japan's Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a harassment victim.
Winter conditions normally seen in February are hitting Japan, making for hazardous driving conditions, excellent television of wind-driven storm surges, and snowy landscapes.