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  • Unit 731: Hushing up a Crime Against Humanity




    One of the worst atrocities in modern history is the Japanese Army's human experimentation. This is so called ‘Unit 731' or ‘Biological Warfare Unit 731'. This human experimentation is biological medical science using human guinea pigs in ‘live human beings'.

    Unlike the holocaust, many people do not know about Unit 731 because America and Japan made a DEAL for exchange and try to hush up the crime against humanity. In my opinion, everyone seems to know about...
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  • Japan's whaling fleet sets sail again, and there's not much that can stop it




    A whale and a calf being loaded aboard a factory ship, the Nisshin Maru. The sign above the slipway reads, "Legal research under the ICRW". Australia released this photo to challenge that claim.

    Tony Press, University of Tasmania and Indi Hodgson-Johnston, University of Tasmania


    Japan’s whaling fleet will leave port today to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean as part of its new scientific program, NEWREP-A.

    Under the...
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  • Japan Government Continues to Deny Responsibility for Sex Slavery



    Activists shouting slogans take part in a protest in front of the Japan Interchange Association, the de facto Japanese embassy, in Taipei, August 14, 2013. Protesters and supporters of "comfort women" who were forced to become sex slaves during World War II urged the Japanese government to formally acknowledge, apologize and accept its responsibility over comfort women for Japanese troops during World War II, according to local media. The Chinese characters on the placard (R) reads, "Where is your conscience?" REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTX12KK9

    Peipei Qiu, Vassar College In 1943, during the height of World War II, fifteen-year-old Liu Mianhuan...
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  • Japanese and Australian Sister City Relationship Suspended Due to Dolphin Hunting



    Interesting article from September 2009 and still relevant to today (2016)


    The Japan Times recently covered the suspended sister city relationship between the coastal towns of Broome in Western Australia and Taiji, in Wakayama prefecture, Japan. Their ties date back at least 100 years to the pearling industry in Broome. At that time, Broome was the biggest pearling center in the world, and many Japanese worked there as divers. Diving deep below the surface was...
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  • Japan's problem with refugees goes way beyond offensive manga



    Naohiko Omata, University of Oxford

    After an online outcry, a Japanese manga artist has been forced to take down a rendering of a Syrian refugee girl she posted on Facebook. Based on a photo of a real girl, the cartoon came with a caption sarcastically suggesting the girl was grasping for refugee status to grab herself a cushy, luxurious existence in an affluent host nation.

    This may seem like par-for-the-course anti-refugee sentiment, the kind of casual...
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