Stories about Japan from January, 2020
As a diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara issued 6,000 visas for Jews looking to flee to the Americas via Japan.
"Didn't McDonald's Japan understand how bad it sounds in English?" was a common reaction. "What were they thinking?"
The Japanese government has been embarrassed as details of Ghosn's escape expose systemic shortcomings in the country's police and prosecution services, the judicial system, passport security and more.
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