Author: Erisa Takeda


ERISA TAKEDA WRITES – Japan’s Justice Ministry wants to answer what is apparently a pressing question for the country: Are we racists?   The ministry has announced that it will be sending out surveys of questionnaires to foreign residents written in 13 different languages to ask about their experiences of discrimination. The results are slated to be released in March 2017.   The survey comes in reponse to cases of  alleged human rights violations in 2015, as well as protests against hate speeches and racism in Osaka and Tokyo. But there’s also been international pressure to address racism: the...

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ERISA TAKEDA WRITES – It was quite a familial setting – he sat at the head of the table over lunch as he recounted episodes in his 83 years of life in a calm but assured manner. No, this was not my grandfather, but renowned Japanese journalist, Fumio Matsuo. There is always something to be learned from the older generation precisely because they have lived longer and experienced more. In his 83 years of life, Mr. Matsuo has experienced what we Millennials call “history,” so for obvious reasons, he has a better sense of what will come in the...

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ERISA TAKEDA WRITES – Japan and Saudi Arabia each want a better economy. To get there, they’ve just doubled down on closer bilateral relations and deeper cultural ties. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in Tokyo September 1 to sign a handful of agreements that together better align their economic interests. Saudi Arabia, hoping to be less oil dependent, seeks help from Japan to advance Vision 2030, an economic growth strategy meant to increase the private sector’s share of GDP from 40% to 65%. In exchange, the Prince announced that his country will...

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ERISA TAKEDA WRITES – Is PM Abe following in the footsteps of Xi regarding clamping down on the media? Japan has a different media system from China’s, so that is quite a dramatic statement and therefore I do not think that Abe is exactly following Xi’s footsteps regarding media censorship. But the situation is unsettling: Abe’s government is putting pressure on Japanese media, such as broadcasters, to remain politically neutral. Abe’s declining approval rating, perhaps due to the negative or stagnant effect of “Abenomics,” among other reasons, is putting the government in a defensive position. The prime minister has...

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JAPAN: ‘Unbroken’ finally released in Japan

ERISA TAKEDA WRITES – Despite claims from the Right that the film lacked credibility, would hurt U.S.-Japanese relations, and put the country in a bad light, Angelina Jolie’s biopic “Unbroken” opened in Japan without incident February 6. Released under the title “A Man of Fortitude” — a direct translation of the book on which the story was based — the movie chronicles Louis Zamperini, an Olympic long-distance runner from Torrance, CA who survives torture in a Japanese POW camp in World War II. It was released in much of the rest of the world shortly after Zamperini’s death in...

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