June 22, 2017

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  • Broadcast Act and Sword of Damocles

    The phrase of the Sword of Damocles derives from a Greek parable, in which an individual finds themselves exposed to constant threat or danger. UN Rapporteur David Kaye used this phrase several times when he…

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  • Bunshun Ho

    Bunshun ho (文春砲)is a reference to a scoop by a weekly tabloid magazine, Shukan Bunshun (Shukan means weekly). Ho (砲) is a Japanese word that means a bullet. For some reason, it is normally media outlets…

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  • Two Roles That Politics Should Play

    Bunta Sugawara was a prominent actor and he appeared in many movies since his debut in 1956. He passed away on the 28th of November in 2014 due to cancer. A lot of his fans…

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  • Burasagari

    Burasagari is a slang word commonly used by Japanese correspondents. It means a quick interview on MPs who are moving from one chamber to another in parliament, done by correspondents with IC recorders and memo…

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  • Reading the Air

    In Japan, there is a custom called kuki wo yomu, which literally translates to “reading the air.” It is used to refer to Japan’s indirect culture, where a lot of communication depends on nonverbal cues.…

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  • Akie Leaks

    Akie Leaks (https://akie-leaks.com) is a website that displays pieces of evidence of Moritomo Gakuen specifically regarding Akie Abe. Akie Leaks is an obvious play on words and refers to the first lady’s name Akie Abe…

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  • Doraemon Analogy on Donald Trump

    On February 13th, Secretary General of the Democratic Party, Yoshihiko Noda criticized Prime Minister Abe’s response to Donald Trump's policy on immigration using an analogy about the famous character, Doraemon. In the press conference, Noda…

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  • Akkido Case

    In a Diet session on March 2nd, MP Taro Yamamoto referred to the Moritomo Gakuen case as the Akkido case (アッキード), which is a play on words of the Lockeed case (ロッキード)and the nickname of…

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