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The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people. That trauma is compounded by the fact that I don't think most Japanese saw this coming. Many will realize out of this that they too are a part of global society, rather than an isolated island nation.
Japan lacks the necessary forces for an overseas rescue. They aren’t organized or equipped or trained for such missions, even if they were ordered to undertake them. That requires a lot resources in terms of manpower, equipment, transportation and intelligence resources.
Grant Newsham, senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, in Tokyo, saying that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has no military options for dealing with hostage situations. (TIME magazine) Read
Seeing the prices driven down just because the cattle come from Fukushima Prefecture is frustrating.
Fukushima Prefecture cattle farmer Hiroshi Numano, 64. Nearly four years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, rumors about radioactive contamination persist, and wholesale prices of Fukushima beef remain about 10% lower than the… Read
Kaku Sechiyama, a specialist in gender studies at the University of Tokyo, estimating that as many as 80% of married working women in Japan are in part-time jobs that keep them just under the threshold.… Read
I would rather support Prime Minister Abe and the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party than support the same old DPJ, unless they change.
Osaka Mayor and senior adviser to the Japan Innovation Party Toru Hashimoto, reacting to the election of Katsuya Okada as the new leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Okada on Monday… Read
There are no established medical standards around the world about when to stop dementia patients from driving.
Naoto Kamimura, an instructor at Kochi University Medical School who specializes in geriatric psychiatry. Police in Japan have proposed stricter tests for dementia for elderly people who cause car accidents. (Mainichi Shimbun) Read
A poor crop of beech nuts resulted in the increasing number of wild bears approaching human settlements.
An official from the Environment Ministry's wildlife department. A total of 121 people in Japan were injured by wild bears between April and November 2014, the third-highest figure in the past 35 years. (Mainichi SHimbun) Read
No other advanced country makes people live like packed sardines in evacuation shelters. It shocks people from overseas.
Yosuke Takada, researcher at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe, saying evacuation shelters used after disasters in Japan are in dire need of improvement. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read