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Shock Doctrine in Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Rightward Shift to Militarism, Secrecy in Fukushima’s Wake via Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is broadcasting from Tokyo, Japan, today in the first of three special broadcasts. At a critical time for Japan and the region, we begin our coverage looking at the country’s rightward political shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was re-elected just over a year ago. As head of the Liberal Democratic Party, Abe is known as a conservative hawk who has pushed nationalistic and pro-nuclear policies. In December, he visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which honors Japanese soldiers who died in battle, including several war criminals who were tried by the International Military Tribunal after World War II. The visit sparked outrage from China and South Korea, who consider the shrine a symbol of Japanese militarism and its refusal to atone for atrocities committed in the first half of the 20th century. We speak about Japan’s increasingly pro-nuclear, nationalistic stance with Koichi Nakano, professor at Sophia University in Tokyo and director of the Institute of Global Concern.

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Series of reports at Democracy Now!:
From Atomic Bombings to Fukushima, Japan Pursues a Nuclear Future Despite a Devastating Past
For Fukushima’s Displaced, a Struggle to Recover Lives Torn Apart by Nuclear Disaster
Okinawa’s Revolt: Decades of Rape, Environmental Harm by U.S. Military Spur Residents to Rise Up
Japan’s Peace Boat Journeys to Confront Buried Crimes of the Past & Build Ties for a Hopeful Future
Japan Remains Hotbed of TPP Protest as U.S. Tries to Fast-Track Trade Deal, Crush Environmental Laws
“We Want to Fight For This Cause”: Nuclear Refugees from Fukushima Join Anti-Nuke Protests
Mayor of Town That Hosted Fukushima Nuclear Plant Says He Was Told: “No Accident Could Ever Happen”
Protests Grow in Japan: “We Want to Bring Our Message to the World to Stop Nuclear Power Plants”
Volunteers Crowdsource Radiation Monitoring to Map Potential Risk on Every Street in Japan

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  1. paji says

    And that’s not all. The office can also make a face. The Met Office have introduced Lenny Faces to make it easier for children and parents to figure out what the weather’s like outside. And how.

    The Lenny Faces aims to ‘help tell the weather through fun characters rather than numbers and mathematical symbols’. And you thought your local weather forecaster was just some dude in a weird hat with a box of sad-looking thermometers!

    Wherever it all goes from here, it’s clear that we’ve all got a long way to go to catch up with those who’ve got tole table down thereAngry lenny faces

  2. rinku says

    Kaomoji represents Japanese words and the face of the Japanese people through a letter. It is not at all like the western kaomoji which you are seeing next to it 🙂 which looks like this now you must have understood and Japanese Kaomoji is a very big category which is in a lot of categories and which Lenny The face is, it is definitely used to use the bracket to show the face of the person additionally. So now you have understood the difference between kaomoji vs Lenny’s facekaomoji



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