A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of December 2019.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of November 2019.
In a shocking series of exposés at the beginning of this month, the Mainichi Shinbun reported that minority children of workers in Japanese schools were being segregated from their Japanese peers, put in classes for the mentally disabled, and systematically denied an education.
I look forward to writing for a Shingetsu News Agency that challenges the stale conventions and speaks truth to power. The point is to increase the visibility of minorities, and to assist Japanese of goodwill in dismantling the systems that keep them disenfranchised.
A new art movement in Tokyo seeks to help Japanese young people find their individuality.
The World Health Organization estimates that there will be a shortage of 18 million healthcare workers by 2030. This equates to a 20% gap in the global capacity to provide healthcare services. Japan, which is already grappling with an aging society and its attendant problems, is at the forefront of this crisis.
The mesmerizing sight of the aki-akane, meaning ‘autumn red’ dragonfly, is a traditional symbol of autumn in Japan’s rice farming landscape. However, the species has been rapidly disappearing in recent years and has now nearly vanished over most of Japan. The reason, according to scientists, is the increased use in rice farming of a class of broad-spectrum insecticides that have been the subject of bans in the European Union and China.
The exhibition “Abdul Qader Al Rais: 50 Years of Art” brings together the evolution of the career of this pioneering figure in the Emirati art scene which somehow mirrors the progress experienced by the United Arab Emirates. Abdul Qader Al Rais beautiful, sensitive works are a testament of the cultural traditions of his country.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on April 6, 2019.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on March 31, 2019.