Changhua is a county of contradictions. It’s Taiwan’s largest by population but doesn’t have a single department store. It’s full of farms and conservative values, and will also be home to Taiwan’s only legal red-light district if local councilors get their way.
On June 15, Defense Minister Taro Kono announced a suspension of the deployment of the Aegis Ashore missile interception system—a suspension that ten days later became a cancellation. The progression from deciding to deploy Aegis Ashore, to cancelling it, to considering alternatives, reveals policy formation fraught with dysfunction.
How bad does it have to get? I’m talking about Japan’s cruelty and meanness towards its Non-Japanese residents. How bad before people think to step in and stop it? With Covid-19, we might have an answer.
This SNA Speakeasy features Jeremy Morley on the theme of “Parental Child Abduction in Japanese Law.”
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of July 2020.
This SNA Speakeasy features Christopher Rathbone on the theme of “Unseen Victims of Japan Tobacco.”
Countless workers are struggling to make ends meet as the Covid-19 coronavirus leads to non-renewals, dispatch agency firings, and even non-payment of the furlough allowance. This includes English conversation schools, many of whose foreign instructors face economic hardship after losing their jobs.
This SNA Speakeasy features Nithin Coca on the theme of “China, Japan, and Indonesian Railways.”
This SNA Speakeasy features Dan Sneider on the theme of “Rising Tensions with North Korea.”
Why not just go back to your country? This simple exhortation to foreigners experiencing difficulty living in Japan captures the stark social reality for many of them.