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World Day Against the Death Penalty: Japan Today

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I was recently interviewed by ABC News, the Australian public broadcaster. I was asked my view on Japan’s death penalty policy and some of this interview will be live in Australia today, the 10th Oct 2014, World Day Against the Death Penalty. There are 125 death row inmates in Japan (as of 24 August 2014) and I was […]

Hakamada Iwao Released from Death Row after 46 Years

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On the 27 March 2014, Hakamada Iwao, a former boxer, was released from death row having been there for 46 years since 1968. He has consistently stated that he was forced to confess to the murder of a family of four in 1966. However, until this date, his appeals for retrial had been rejected by […]

‘Democratic Deficit’ in Japan: The Secrecy Law

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            Democratic deficit’ is often used to claim that ‘the European Union and its various bodies suffer from a lack of democracy and seem inaccessible to the ordinary citizen because their method of operating is so complex’. http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/glossary/democratic_deficit_en.htm After Tokutei Himitsu Hogo Ho (the secrecy law) was enacted by the Liberal […]

The EU’s Assistance to 3.11 in Japan: Evaluation and Prospects

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Although it has been a while since Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, as a response to the ECFR’s analysis ‘Assistance to Japan after the tsunami’, this post will briefly present: (1) the evaluation of the EU’s disaster relief; (2) the lack of Japanese media coverage of the EU’s assistance to 3.11 in Japan; and (3) strategies for […]

Noda Yoshihiko as a New PM: Unnecessary Change in Current Japan

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Noda Yoshihiko, Finance Minister under Kan Naoto administration, was chosen as a sixth Prime Minister of Japan in the last five years. Anxiety over Kan’s future as a Prime Minister was already observed after the 3/11 earthquake indeed. Because of his “poor performance” in dealing with the earthquake aftermath, three opposition parties had submitted a […]

Japan Earthquake (2) EU’s Disaster Relief Efforts

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As of 14th March, 20 EU member states have offered to help Japan through the European Civil Protection Mechanism: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Followed by the request from Japan, blankets, mattresses, water bottles/tanks and […]

Japan Earthquake (1) Quick Overview

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Just a quick entry on the current situation in Japan. As you already know, the 9.0 magnitude quake and the tsunami hit Japan on 11th March. The aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan has been providing disaster relief and humanitarian assistance from 13th; and numerous rescue and support teams have also been dispatched from the […]

Japan’s “Revolving Door”: Hello, Mr…whoever!

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“You say ‘good morning’ to one Prime Minister and ‘good afternoon’ to a different one!” (Luis Inacio Lula da Silva 2010)  “it seems to be the era of karaoke politics in Japan, where in quick succession different members of the ruling elite take turns to step up to the microphone and lead the country. […] […]

85.6% of Japanese Public Supports Capital Punishment…Really?

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I have been assessing the extent to which the EU can try and urge Japan to change its accepted norms on human rights regarding capital punishment, and came across this article the other day: Japan Today (2010) “Record High 85.6% in Favor of Death Penalty: Survey”, 7 February, 2010. URL: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/record-high-856-in-favor-of-death-penalty-survey Original article in Japanese […]

New Administration in Japan: Increasing Presence of the EU in Japan?

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It has been a while since Yukio Hatoyama, a new Prime Minister in Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), took his administration in September 2009 in Japan. Since Japan had four different Prime Ministers from 2007-09, I was not personally expecting much change in domestic politics this time, to be honest. However, I came across an article […]

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