2018: 5 Aufsätze zur jap. Verfassung
Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 5 | Feb 19, 2018
Fünf Aufsätze zur japanischen Verfassung
The Constitution, Human Rights and Pluralism in Japan:
Alternative Visions of Constitutions Past and Future
We, the Japanese People: Rethinking the Meaning of the Peace Constitution
C. Douglas Lummis
Prime Minster Abe’s Constitutional Campaign and the Assault on Individual Rights
Affirmative Action Policies Under the Postwar Japanese Constitution:
On the Effects of the Dōwa Special Measures Policy
Rethinking Japan’s Constitution from the Perspective of the Ainu and Ryūkyū Peoples
Uemura Hideaki, Jeff Gayman
2018: Japan's Far Right Politicians
Die Verfassung Japans. Hate Speech
Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 3 | Number 2 | Jan 31, 2018
Japan’s Far-right Politicians, Hate Speech and Historical Denial – Branding Okinawa as “Anti-Japan”
Mark Ealey, Satoko Oka Norimatsu
As part of this latest phase of what Japanese right-wing extremists refer to as the rekishi-sen (history wars), the Abe administration is now mobilizing female storm troopers such as Sugita Mio into the fray launching an aggressive, almost libelous, attack on overseasbased Japanese peace-activists. In her article Norimatsu outlines some of the key characteristics of how Japanese history deniers operate when overseas.
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2018: "Save the Town"
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The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 3 | Number 2 | Jan 31, 2018
“Save the Town”: Insolvable Dilemmas of Fukushima’s “Return Policy”
Namie Mayor Baba Tamotsu interviewed by Katsuya Hirano with Yoshihiro Amaya and Yoh Kawano at Namie town hall,
July 4th, 2017.
Introduction by Katsuya Hirano, Transcription and translation by Akiko Anson
The town of Namie is the largest in both area and population among eight towns and villages within Futaba Country in Fukushima Prefecture. At the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 that precipitated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, the town’s population was 18,464.1 Although Namie is located just 11.2 km from the nuclear power plants, it took four days from the explosion of the power plants before Tokyo issued an evacuation order. The government’s belated order was consonant with its decision to withhold information on radiation levels provided by SPEEDI (System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information) in order to avoid “public panic.” Consequently, many residents of Namie as well as other neighboring villages and towns were exposed to high radiation. On April 15 2012, the town of Namie asked the Japanese government to provide free heath care for its residents, including regular medical check-ups to monitor the internal radiation exposure and thyroid examinations. The evacuated government of Namie obtained a monitoring device and installed it in temporary housing in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima where many evacuees were relocated. On April 1, 2017, the central government lifted one set of restrictions on one zone—areas in which people were permitted to enter freely but were not allowed to stay overnight—and another on a second zone—where access was limited to short visits — based on its judgment that decontamination work had successfully removed radioactive contaminants from the areas. Since the termination of the evacuation order, the government has been encouraging residents to return to those areas although only 1-2% of the residents, mostly senior citizens, have returned so far and a recent poll indicates that less than a quarter of the population intends to return in the future. In this regard, Namie is no different from other towns and villages in that the so-called return policy remains a de facto failure and the former residents simply do not trust or refuse to follow the central government’s “reconstruction” programs. At the same time, local governments have been thrown into extremely difficult situations where they have no choice but to go along with the “return policy.”
Nordkorea: 06.01.2016 H-Bomb Test
Source: https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/324505.bombenstimmung.html?print=1 1/3
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Rainer Werning
Bombenstimmung. Jahresrückblick 2017. Heute: Korea.
Eine neue »Sonnenscheinpolitik« hätte Erfolgschancen gehabt. Gescheitert ist sie an Washington,
"Innen- wie außenpolitisch durchlebten die Republik Korea (Südkorea) und die Demokratische
Volksrepublik Korea (DVRK, Nordkorea) ein überaus turbulentes Jahr.
A Light of Peace
A Light of Peace - for the Korean Peninsula and world free from nuclear weapons
World Council of Churches
Korean Peninsula - Peace
Campaign by the World Council of Churches:
From Dec 03-10, in a campaign, the World Council of Churches invited people across the globe to extend “A Light of Peace” for the Korean Peninsula and for a world free from nuclear weapons.
For information about the campaign and for further resources, uploaded by the World Cpuncil of Churches, see:
See also on youtube (uploaded by WCC, Dec. 07, 2017:
A light of peace for the Korean Peninsula and the world - WCC morning prayer during Advent
2017: US-NK Crisis and Japan’s Responsibility
Security in East Asia - China - USA - Japan - Korea
The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 15 | Issue 23 | Number 4 | Nov 20, 2017
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Japan Focus
The US-North Korean Crisis and Japan’s Responsibility
1. The US-North Korean Crisis is deepening
In November 2017, US President Donald Trump visited East Asia. In Japan, the country
where he first stopped, he first played half round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Abe
Shinzo as if he and Mr. Abe wished to show this visit was nothing but an expression of peaceful
friendship. They talked about the North Korean issue for “a great deal of time”.
Statement on the situation on the Korean peninsula
Statement on the situation on the Korean peninsula
22 November 2017
WCC Executive Committee, Amman, Jordan, 17-23 November 2017
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Amman, Jordan, celebrates on the one hand new steps taken towards the global elimination of nuclear weapons, while on the other hand fearing that the next turn in the cycle of confrontation and escalation on the Korean peninsula might result in an uncontrollable slide into nuclear-armed warfare. The death and destruction that would inevitably result from any conflict in such a highly militarized environment cannot and must not be contemplated. The gravity of this situation calls for our most profound words of wisdom and our deepest commitment to work for peace...