Search Results for "Japanese" : 30

by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm / in Asia, World

Senkaku, I Choose You!

…uilty of having just set fire to his own car. Behind the man is a sign written in Chinese exclaiming “Defeat the Japanese Demons.” This is just one of many scenes capturing the zeitgeist of the riots last September in China that occurred after the Japanese government nationalized three uninhabited islands that lie off the coasts of Japan, China, and Taiwan. Paying a little over 2 billion yen ($26 million) for the privilege, the government assumed…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm / in Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Change Japan Can Believe In

…owed much of this rhetoric straight from President Obama’s campaign playbook. During President Obama’s campaign, Japanese Obama impersonators became popular entertainers. Coincidentally, a port city named “Obama” cheers for the American president for all his accomplishments to this day. With a similar effect, CNN’s report of the Japanese elections also noted, “Hatoyama touted a Barack Obama-style message of change.” “This time, it’s really not ab…

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by / on September 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm / in Opinion, World

A Mukden in the Making

by from Wikimedia Commons On September 18, 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army created a crisis in Manchuria as a pretext for invasion. Dynamite was detonated in a train station in the city of Mukden (now known as Shenyang, in the northern Chinese province of Liaoning). The Japanese blamed the explosion on Chinese dissidents, and launched a full invasion of Manchuria. The puppet state of Manchukuo (the “country of the Manchu”) was establ…

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by / on October 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Anatomizing Abenomics

…d and Singapore, might see a bump in growth. Still, a weak yen would theoretically cause a short-run slowing of Japanese investment in other countries. Curiously, in at least the first few months of the Abe administration’s tenure, Japanese investment in other parts of Asia accelerated. Pundits argued this was due to manufacturers “forsaking” Japan’s aging population, stringent regulations, and high-costs for younger, looser, and cheaper economi…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm / in Asia, First Person, Issue, World

Memory and Pacifism

…n their neighborhoods. One such man is Shoichi Chibana, a 61-year old activist who became famous for burning the Japanese national flag in 1987, demonstrating his dissent against the Japanese government’s mistreatment of Okinawa. Because of people like Mr. Chibana, Okinawa burns with an aggressive pacifism. Mr. Chibana lives in an area called Yomitanson, 48 percent of which is made up of U.S. bases. He hosts an inn that has attracted scholars, an…

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by / on September 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Asia, Campus, Events, Web Columnists, World

World Leaders Forum: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

by   Amidst the crowd-wide clicking and fumbling of clunky translation devices, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to a silent, eagerly anticipatory audience crammed with students and members of the press on September 22, 2014. Between the opening remarks of President Bollinger, student questions, and Prime Minister Abe’s responses, it was a night filled with “re’s”: a renewed sense […]

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by / on March 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm / in Events

*Updated* Exciting Events March 3rd-9th

…up hope on the city and therefore nor should we. Cosponsors: Friends of Japan, Columbia Japan Society, Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School, Japanese American Association, Japanese Medical Support Network, Japanese Medical Society of America, and EN Japanese Brasserie. For more information, please visit: http://nyjapan311.org/2014symposium/ Registration has opened:  http://nyjapan311.org/2014registration/…

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by / on February 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Myanmar’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters

…iet film, set in the steamy green jungle of Burma, was actually my favorite. Bridge on the River Kwai depicts a Japanese POW camp tasked with building a bridge to connect Burma and Thailand in order to help the Japanese transport supplies. The commander of a group of British  POWs, the flinty-eyed Alec Guinness, obsessively pours all of his hard work into the bridge, intending  to prove to the Japanese the superiority of British organization, di…

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by / on October 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm / in ACE Forum, Allegiance of College Editors, Op-Ed, Opinion

ACE Forum: A Look at CIA Drone Killings V

…ion of those two cities, the war would have continued for years, resulting in far more deaths, both American and Japanese. Instead, we gambled on the belief that the Japanese people would set aside their fabled disregard for individual lives and surrender to the instinct of self-preservation. The kamikaze bombers were a clear example, to us at least, of how much they preferred a national victory to individual survival. The American mentality rele…

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by / on March 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion, World

Japan Prepares for the Real Triple Disaster

…g to  The Economist, the disaster killed more than 19,000 people and left over 325,000 homeless. The millions of Japanese people’s lives directly affected by the disaster can never be accurately estimated. The disaster has also sparked a global backlash against the use of nuclear power, and the legacy of Fukushima claims responsibility not only for the closure of nuclear plants across the Japanese archipelago but also throughout the world (most n…

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