we touched this same spot with our hands, our feet, our gaze and our dreams

Monday, August 14, 2017

“the day the light returned”

Lee Jin-man/Associated Press
North and South Korea have agreed on very little in recent decades, but this week their shared past means the two countries have a rare holiday in common: Independence Day.
Called Gwangbokjeol (“the day the light returned”) in the South and Chogukhaebangŭi nal (“Liberation of the Fatherland Day”) in the North, the holiday is what is known in the West as V-J Day, or Victory Over Japan Day.
The Japanese empire formally surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945, ending World War II and liberating the Korean Peninsula, which had been under colonial rule since 1910.
The government of South Korea was established on the same day three years later, and the two countries were divided.
The holiday is celebrated with patriotic fanfare in both countries, although the North has found new ways to reassert its independence. For the 70th Liberation Day in 2015 — amid renewed military tensions with the South — Pyongyang created its own time zone.
“The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time,” the North’s state-run news agency said.
The country had previously been in the same time zone as South Korea and Japan, but its clocks are now set 30 minutes behind.
Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.

Monday, July 03, 2017

“very severe judgment”

 
• A “very severe judgment”: That’s what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called voters’ resounding rejection of his party, the Liberal Democrats, in Tokyo elections.
All but one of the 50 municipal seats went to the upstart Tomin First Party, founded by Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike. She is widely believed to have ambitions to become Japan’s first female prime minister, possibly as Mr. Abe’s successor.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tight fit

Passengers cram into a train at a station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture

Monday, March 13, 2017

Japan's Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster

Struggling With Japan's Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster

By MOTOKO RICH

Japanese officials wrestle with what to do with the ever-growing pile of radioactive waste at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, six years after the accident there.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ambassador Kennedy Farewell Message


ケネディ大使から日本の皆さんへ御礼のメッセージ

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 02, 2016

When Americans land in trouble abroad, these expats step in

Every country with a State Department presence has volunteer wardens, typically U.S. expats, to help American tourists who can’t get to an embassy after their trips have taken an unpredictable turn down an unimaginable road.
By Andrea Sachs  •  Read more »
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Silence | official trailer (2016)


Published on Nov 22, 2016
Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenplay by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, and Liam Neeson

Thursday, November 17, 2016