Author: Lexie Tucker

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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JAPAN: A Vote With a Porpoise

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Zoos and aquariums have seemingly always been under fire by animal rights activists and others who believe that putting animals on display is cruel.  To help ease tensions, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) voted to stay part of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) on May 20 and also promised to stop purchasing dolphins caught in the annual Taiji hunt. According to The Japan Times, the media’s overall attitude towards the issue has been one of “grudging acceptance.” Ever since the release of Louie Psihoyos’ Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove,”...

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Tom Plate says one must believe that the treatment of the Causeway Bay booksellers is an idiotic misstep on Beijing’s part, rather than a change of heart on a cherished principle. read more...

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