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Do Not “Human Rights” Also Include Women’s Rights?

Ryuichi Hirokawa has covered war, AIDS from contaminated blood products, nuclear power plant accidents, and other societal problems on the front lines for half a century as a photojournalist advocating human rights. The weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun published an article in its issue that went on sale on December 26 (January 3-10, 2019 issue) revealing that Hirokawa abused his superior position to engage in non-consensual sexual activities with, take nude photographs of, and otherwise sexually exploit aspiring female photojournalists under his tutelage.

Belly Dancers in Tokyo

Belly dancers may not be something that most people associate with Tokyo, but some young Japanese women are ardent students of the art.

Japan’s Real Killers

Lee Birnbaum, from a New York family I have been close to since university days in Boston, messaged me that his friend had been mugged and murdered in Tokyo. Wait, what?

Man, Muscle, and Machine: The Olympic Stadium Rising

SNA (Tokyo) — Japan is in the process of building a US$1.3 billion new National Stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The SNA spent almost two years filming the stages of the construction up to the current time.

Tokyo Moves to Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination

On October 8, Japan’s LGBT community took to the streets of Shinjuku for love and equality. It was the Tokyo Love Parade 2018. This came days after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government adopted an ordinance banning discrimination against the LGBT community.