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Stories about Japan

9 April 2014

PHOTOS: Picnicking Under Japan's Cherry Blossoms

"Hanami", as the activity of flower viewing is called in Japanese, is in full bloom now that cherry blossom season has arrived.

1 April 2014

Australians High Five International Court Decision Against Japanese Whaling

Australians celebrate the International Court of Justice decision to halt Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.

22 March 2014

Meet Crimea's New Anime Mascot, Natalia Poklonskaya

RuNet Echo

A definitive fan-art collection of Natalia Poklonskaya, the newly minted Prosecutor General appointed by the secessionist government of Crimea, who has captured the heart of RuNet and Japan.

6 March 2014

Countering Hate Speech in Tokyo's Koreatown

Shin-Okubo, a district in Tokyo with high concentration of ethnic Korean residents, has been experiencing an escalation of anti-Korean protests by some extremely racist citizen groups in recent years.

1 March 2014

Japan's Endangered Languages Still Considered Mere Dialects

It may come as a surprise, but Japan has eight endangered languages. We interviewed Fija Byron, who is fighting to protect the language of Okinawan.

18 February 2014

Shadow of Olympics Evictions Looms Over Tokyo

Japan has already seen people evicted from their homes and homeless people evicted from parks for past mega-events.

16 February 2014

Collaborative Translation Project Promotes Civic Tech in Japan

Translators in Japan are volunteering to translate Code for America's "Beyond Transparency" to help promote civic tech there.

Japan Slides Further Down in World Press Freedom Index

"To put it bluntly, media is even less believable than a politician."

11 February 2014

International Open Data Day Set for February 22

Technology for Transparency Network

Bloggers, hackers and others interested in Open Data and Transparency will gather for the International Open Data Day on February 22. Find out how you can get involved.

Tokyo Snowfall Sends Voter Turnout Plunging in Governor Election

Only 46.16 percent of voters went to the polls to cast their ballots for governor, the third lowest in history.

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