The Covid-19 crisis became a dominating issue for the world, and Japan is no exception. This is a timeline of the events so far.
In comparison to other G7 nations, Japan has been taking a weak approach to the recent coup in Myanmar, led by the country’s Tatmadaw, or military forces. This includes Japan’s refusal to impose sanctions, official statements that have been widely viewed as being too soft, and a reference to the Myanmar military’s top diplomat as being the “foreign minister.”
Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori represents the worst of Japan’s politics, melding misogyny with racism.
Long-simmering fears of a military-led subversion of Myanmar’s recent steps toward democracy became reality this week as the nation’s armed forces arrested civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and announced a one-year state of emergency that transfers power to Min Aung Hlaing, the Southeast Asian country’s top general.
The coronavirus continues to rampage through society, but 2021 has begun. Unnoticed by some, several coronavirus crisis villages (sodan mura) sprang up around Japan’s capital city in recent weeks. The pandemic has devastated people’s livelihoods as well as public health.
During the occupation of China, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific by the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy, many young women and girls became victims of rape and forced prostitution. New evidence proves that American young women were among the thousands of victims.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of September 2020.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of June 2020.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of January 2020.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of November 2019.