Author: Lexie Tucker

JAPAN and US: Everything’s Offensive

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – “Politically correct.” Rarely do you come across a phrase that will elicit so many different reactions. There’s a thin line between offensive and funny, and lately it seems as if it always leans more towards the former than the later. But is this a phenomena exclusive to the US, or do other countries think nearly everything that could be remotely fun is more so in poor taste? Take this recent tweet from Japan that has some people “outraged.” ほほぅ……タイタニックスライダーとは……これはなかなか…… — ヒスデジ(Tバック先輩) (@hystericdaisy) June 13, 2016 The caption translates to:“Oh my… the ‘Titanic Slide.’ This...

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JAPAN: What’s the Buzz, Daisuke Furuta?

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – BuzzFeed, a site that every millennial is well aware of, has finally made a move to provide quizzes, funny cat gifs, and “would you rather” polls to Japan. At the helm of the site will be founding editor Daisuke Furuta. As a former member of the digital editions team at The Asahi Shimbun, Furuta is more than prepared to take on the task. According to TechCrunch, Furuta served as a correspondent in Southeast Asia and also worked at the newspaper’s Singapore bureau. When he came back to Tokyo in 2013, he wrote articles for their site withnews, which produces...

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JAPAN: Netflix and Shrug

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – As of September 2, the citizens of Japan have been able to “Netflix and chill” to their heart’s content. Be that as it may, it looks as though they aren’t really into binge-watching uber popular, original series such as “House of Cards” or “Orange in the New Black.” Even with Japan exclusives like “Underwear” and “Terrace House,” interest in shows that are a hit with Americans and Europeans is tepid at best. A large reason for this is because Netflix can’t seem to grasp the fact that they must cater to their audience – one that is much different...

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JAPAN: War! What is it Good For?

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Since the end of World War II, Japan has successfully avoided war as a way to settle international conflicts. The country’s constitution intentionally promotes peace by de-emphasizing its military. That may no longer work. Early Saturday morning, September 19, the upper house of Japan’s parliament passed controversial security bills that would allow the country’s Self-Defense Forces to engage overseas. The changes include permitting Japanese forces to practice collective self-defense or aid an ally, even if Japan itself is not directly threatened. Not everyone was thrilled by this turn of events. According to The Guardian, chaos...

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JAPAN, CHINA, and SOUTH KOREA: When Sorry Isn’t Good Enough

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Big occasions call for speeches that will be remembered for decades. Unfortunately, for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered one that disappointed many. Both China and South Korea wait anxiously every time the Prime Minister is scheduled to make a statement regarding the war, and for good reason. Under Japan’s occupation and colonial rule of both countries, many were abused, murdered, or exploited as “comfort women” by Japanese troops.   When he presented his speech on August 15, Prime Minister Abe opted for a vague...

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Weekly Graphic Opinion

US and China need more soft power, not military hardware, to resolve their differences

US and China need more soft power, not military hardware, to resolve their differences

Tom Plate says history is moving in the direction of China and Asia, and America would do well to favour understanding over grandstanding read more...

Editorial Cartoon by David Humphries




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