Top header menu

Author Archive | Lexie Tucker

JAPAN: The Yakuza Does Philanthropy?

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Organizations looking to publicize usually turn to the Internet. But what if you’re the yakuza? Often considered Japan’s version of the Italian mob, the yakuza feels so misunderstood it has turned to the Net to help tell a more nuanced story. The Yamaguchi-gumi, a branch of the yakuza, recently launched a new […]

Continue Reading · 0

JAPAN: Leaving the Past in the Past?

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – “Forgive and forget” is often easier said than done. When two countries have as rough a history as South Korea and Japan, it’s not surprising that tensions would be high between their leaders. For years, South Korea has requested that Japan offer compensation to the many women who were forced into […]

Continue Reading · 0

JAPAN: Social Networking Criminals ‘Like’ Minors

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Through the wonders of social media, communicating with loved ones (and even not-so-loved ones) is now just a few clicks away. But with this power comes great responsibility. Through the ages, parents have warned children not to talk to strangers. But how effective is such advice to young digital natives raised […]

Continue Reading · 0

JAPAN: Social Media Backlash Over Dolphin Slaughter

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Spreading awareness of animal cruelty through hashtags can make an issue go viral faster than you can say “Save the Dolphins.” If you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, you’re familiar with Japan’s yearly Taiji Cove dolphin slaughter. Despite numerous pleas by nature conservation groups via social media and in […]

Continue Reading · 0

JAPAN: Finally Facing A Touchy Subject

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Social conduct dictates that people should avoid discussions of religion and politics, but should the media abide by these social laws too? This year will mark the 19th anniversary of the the Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) doomsday cult’s toxic nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. Resulting in thousands of injuries […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: The New Era of Petitioning

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – It’s time for an upgrade to China’s decades-old petitioning system. According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China’s website, the State Bureau of Letters and Calls announced new reform measures that would be put into effect following the investigation of deputy director Xu Jie for ”serious […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Kids Say the Darndest Things

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – What’s more scary – hate speech coming from the mouth of an adult or a child? When Jimmy Kimmel asked on the October 16 episode of his live talk show, “We owe China $13 trillion US of debt; how shall we pay them back?” He was greeted with this horrifying answer from […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Journalist Fesses Up

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – How far would you go to make some extra money?  Would you forsake your vow to report the truth and nothing but the truth? Chen Yongzhou, a Chinese writer for the New Express, has admitted to continuously fabricating reports that were unsubstantiated and false against Zoomlion, a major engineering company, at […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: When Media Asks For Answers, China Doesn’t Miss a Beat

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – It takes a strong country to admit its past faults, which is something Japan is still working towards. 2013 commemorates the 68th anniversary of the Chinese people’s triumph over the Japanese in the War of Resistance and the World Anti-Fascist War. For those unfamiliar with the War of Resistance, it occurred between 1937 […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Media Coverage Hypes Rabies Awareness

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Were you even aware that World Rabies Day existed? Probably not. According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, rabies kill more than 2,400 people a year in China – that’s the most in the world after India. That is quite depressing considering one can prevent the effects of a […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Blogging Crackdown

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Everything you type can and will be held against you. Microblogging has become insanely popular over the past few years in China, much like Twitter here in the US. Many critics on these micro blog sites have become online superstars whose millions of followers read, debate and perpetuate the distribution of […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: US Saves the Day, Even in the Movies

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – The movie Pacific Rim, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, opened this summer to only so-so reviews in the US. The sci-fi story of monsters called Kaiju which emerge from the Pacific Ocean to try and destroy the human race made only $99,331,880 domestically, while the original budget came out […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Saved by the Bloggers

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – It all began with a video that spread on Sina Weibo, China’s popular micro blog website. Distributed by whistle-blowing writers, the short video snippets exposed the process by which bile is removed from Asiatic black bears, prompting outrage amid animal rights lovers and activists. On August 8, approximately 150 Chinese drugstores […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Watermelon-Man Death Prompts Micro Blog Uproar

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – It never occurred to Huang Xixi that selling watermelons would be a business endeavor that could cost her the life of her husband. On July 27, police apprehended six urban management officers who reportedly attacked a married couple selling watermelons. The result left the man dead and his wife in a […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Novelists With Killer Instincts

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – On July 16, web fiction author Sollong passed away from literally working himself to death. Known only by his Internet pseudonym, which translates to “Snowfall for Ten Years,” Sollong’s real name is a mystery to everyone, except the management at Qidian.com, where he was employed as a contract writer. With a […]

Continue Reading · 0

CHINA: Media Helps Spread Environmental Awareness

LEXIE TUCKER WRITER – Even as all eyes were on Singapore and the blanket of Sumatran smoke choking the island, mainland China’s State Council was taking steps to help clear that country’s air. According to local media reports, the council approved several specific measures to fight further air pollution, a big step, they say, that […]

Continue Reading · 0

...