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Keiko Tanaka

civic media enthusiast. interested in digital engagement, radio, youth culture. B.A. in Journalism, M.S. in Information Technology.

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13 September 2014

A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be ‘Happy’

Relations between the three countries are often prickly because of territorial and historical disputes. A group of students made a 'Happy' video to promote a message of friendship.

29 May 2014

What's the Beef? Strike Call at Japanese Fast Food Chain Sukiya

Are workers at Sukiya, the Japanese fast food chain famous for its $3 gyūdon beef rice bowl, really going on strike?

18 April 2014

How Online Discussions on Whaling Get Twisted in Japan

The International Court of Justice ruled against Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt. Online conversation is often dominated by those fervently defending the custom of whaling.

9 April 2014

Japan Makes Public Transportation More Stroller-Friendly for Parents

Traveling with a baby stroller on Japan's crowded public transportation can make for an uncomfortable juggling act. New standardized rules aim to make it easier for parents.

PHOTOS: Picnicking Under Japan's Cherry Blossoms

"Hanami", as the activity of flower viewing is called in Japanese, is in full bloom now that cherry blossom season has arrived.

6 March 2014

Countering Hate Speech in Tokyo's Koreatown

Shin-Okubo, a district in Tokyo with high concentration of ethnic Korean residents, has been experiencing an escalation of anti-Korean protests by some extremely racist citizen groups in recent years.

1 March 2014

Japan's Endangered Languages Still Considered Mere Dialects

It may come as a surprise, but Japan has eight endangered languages. We interviewed Fija Byron, who is fighting to protect the language of Okinawan.

16 February 2014

Japan Slides Further Down in World Press Freedom Index

"To put it bluntly, media is even less believable than a politician."

11 February 2014

Art Arises From Snow-Covered Tokyo

Tokyo Snowfall Sends Voter Turnout Plunging in Governor Election

Only 46.16 percent of voters went to the polls to cast their ballots for governor, the third lowest in history.

1 February 2014

Japan's US Base Plan Hits Snafu With Local Mayor's Re-Election

Susumu Inamine, who opposes a plan to transfer the US airbase from Futenma to Henoko district, a coastal area of his city, was re-elected on January 20.


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