The tourism business wouldn’t survive without Chinese customers, so we don’t want to complain about them. It’s 50/50, give and take. We appreciate them coming, but we wish that they would come with a little more cultural awareness.

The owner of a ramen restaurant in Sapporo, referring to Chinese tourists who come in to drink beer and then pull out their own snacks, often leaving the wrappers strewn over the floor. (Washington Post) Read

This year probably the biggest, most heated, and important debates in the Diet will be on amending the Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) law which, given previous constitutional interpretations written into the law, essentially prohibits implementation of a “collective defense” doctrine, as well as the other expansive initiatives being broached under Abe’s “proactive contributor to peace” agenda.

Forbes columnist Stephen Harner Read

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