Japan

These Revered Cranes Escaped Extinction. Can They Survive Without Humans?

Conservators vastly increased the numbers of red-crowned cranes, a symbol of loyalty and longevity in Japanese culture. That’s just a start. By Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida Photographs by James Whitlow DelanoMarch 21, 2022. “KUSHIRO, Japan — The dance of the red-crowned cranes commenced, an impromptu pas de deux. The pair approached each other with a bow. They crossed …

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What Japan Got Right About Covid-19

Jan. 24, 2022, 5:00 a.m. ET By Hitoshi Oshitani Dr. Oshitani is a professor of virology at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. He has helped advise the Japanese government on its Covid-19 response. By Hitoshi Oshitani Dr. Oshitani is a professor of virology at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. He has helped …

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Why Even a 40% Tax Break Won’t Move Japan’s Employers to Raise Pay

The country’s prime minister says lifting long-stagnant wages would jump-start the sputtering economy. Companies call the plan a nonstarter. 14 By Ben Dooley and Hisako UenoDec. 23, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET “TOKYO — Over the last two years, Masataka Yoshimura has poured money into the custom-suit business his family founded more than a century ago. He has upgraded his factory, installed …

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Why QAnon Flopped in Japan

It failed the test for conspiracy connoisseurs, and the public. By Matt Alt Mr. Alt is a Japan-based writer, translator and localizer who specializes in adapting Japanese content for global audiences.March 26, 2021, 1:00 a.m. ET TOKYO — For over 40 years, Japan’s leading purveyor of shadowy phenomena, Mu magazine, has peddled Bigfoot, U.F.O.s and the occult to …

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My Family’s Shrouded History Is Also a National One for Korea – By Alexander Chee – The New York Times

By Alexander Chee Aug. 27, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET 81 In the latest article from “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series by The Times that documents lesser-known stories from World War II, the author Alexander Chee looks back at the dark legacy of the Japanese occupation of Korea — and a once-unknown personal connection …

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Mieko Kawakami Cracks the Code of Being a Woman in Japan – By Motoko Rich – The New York Times

By Motoko Rich May 9, 2020 6 TOKYO — To explain the pressure felt by women in Japanese society, the novelist Mieko Kawakami recalls a playground prank from elementary school. The boys would run around and flip up the skirts of certain girls to catch a glimpse of their underwear. That was mortifying enough. Yet it …

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Opinion | Why Is Carlos Ghosn Afraid of the Japanese Justice System? – By Nobuhisa Ishizuka – The New York Times

One concern he and others cite is the country’s “99 percent conviction rate” in criminal cases. By Nobuhisa Ishizuka Mr. Ishizuka is executive director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies and a lecturer at Columbia Law School. Jan. 16, 2020 The exterior of the Tokyo District Court.Credit…Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images “In the 13 months between the …

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There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls. – The New York Times

There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls. As Japan’s population shrinks and ages, rural areas are emptying out. In one childless village, two dozen adults compensate for the absence with the company of hundreds of giant handmade dolls. A group of women touring the school in Nagoro, which was closed after the …

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New Nissan Pay Problems Point to Conflicts at the Top – The New York Times

By By Ben Dooley and Liz Alderman Oct. 6, 2019 “TOKYO — An outside law firm investigating problems at Nissan, the troubled Japanese automaker, this summer discovered some potentially explosive information. Hari Nada, a powerful Nissan insider who was behind the ouster last year of Nissan’s chairman, Carlos Ghosn, over compensation issues, had been improperly overpaid himself, the …

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