New York Times Tokyo bureau chief. Still want to know who, what, when, where, why & how. Mom, book fiend. https://www.pinterest.com/motokorich/books-im-reading/

Woman to lead opposition Democratic Party in Japan for first time | Toronto Star

thestar.com — TOKYO-Renho Murata became the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party in Japan after winning a leadership contest on Thursday. Murata, who has served in the country's upper house of Parliament for more than a decade, won in a landslide against two male competitors despite controversy over her heritage, which is part Taiwanese.

Japan's main Opposition Party elects first female leader

smh.com.au — Tokyo: ​ Renho Murata became the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party in Japan after winning a leadership contest on Thursday. Murata, who has served in the country's upper house of Parliament for more than a decade, won in a landslide against two male competitors despite controversy over her part-Taiwanese heritage.

Japan’s Main Opposition Party Elects First Female Leader

nytimes.com — TOKYO - Renho Murata became the first woman to lead the opposition Democratic Party in Japan after winning a leadership contest on Thursday. Ms. Murata, who has served in the country's upper house of Parliament for more than a decade, won in a landslide against two male competitors despite controversy over her part-Taiwanese heritage.

Opposition Figure’s Rise Could Pave Way for Female Leaders in Japan

nytimes.com — More recently, both the governing Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party have attempted to recruit more women, with limited success. In 2014, just a month after Mr. Abe appointed five women to his cabinet, an all-time high for women in minister-level positions, two of them, Midori Matsushima and Yuko Obuchi, resigned because of election campaign scandals.

Disabled Victims of Mass Killing in Japan Kept in the Shadows

nytimes.com — Osamu Nagase, a visiting professor of disability studies at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, said the public was implicitly approving the attacker's perception that the victims "didn't deserve life." He added: "If we want to pay respect to those 19 victims, they cannot remain nameless. They cannot remain faceless." Such nondisclosure is unusual.

Disabled Victims of Mass Killing in Japan Kept in the Shadows

nytimes.com — Osamu Nagase, a visiting professor of disability studies at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, said the public was implicitly approving the attacker's perception that the victims "didn't deserve life." He added: "If we want to pay respect to those 19 victims, they cannot remain nameless. They cannot remain faceless." Such nondisclosure is unusual.

In the Land of the Robot, Androids Are on the March

nytimes.com — Meet Chihira Junco, a tourist greeter at a shopping mall in Tokyo. In her crisp blue button-down shirt, white blazer and pinstripe skirt, she stands in sensible pumps behind a counter in Aqua City Odaiba on Tokyo Bay, dispensing directions to local sites and shops in Japanese, Chinese and English.

Onstage With Putin, Shinzo Abe of Japan Calls for Resolution of Island Dispute

nytimes.com — TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan made an impassioned plea on Saturday to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for their two countries to resolve a dispute over a group of islands that has been a sore point in their relations since the end of World War II.

Japanese Government Urges Another Increase in Military Spending

nytimes.com — Yet five years ago, the government began increasing its budget again as new provocations emerged from China and North Korea. The budget deliberations come as Prime Minister Abe's government is reconsidering the country's pacifist stance.

A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement

truth-out.org — A political battle is being waged over charter schools in Massachusetts right now, and it's a microcosm of the state of the charter debate across the country. In the lead-up to a November ballot measure in which voters will decide whether or not to lift the state's cap on charter schools, known as Question 2, Democrats passed a resolution this month opposing charter school expansion.
More Articles →
Sep 26, 2016

Earthquakes hitting Hokkadio and Okinawa almost simultaneously

Sep 23, 2016

Awful lot of trembling in Honshu today. Earthquake alerts going nuts

Sep 22, 2016

As first Japanese PM to visit Cuba, Shinzo Abe looks to increase trade, press Havana to help curb North Korea  https://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-becomes-first-japanese-leader-to-visit-cuba 

Sep 21, 2016

Quite a literary NYT fiction bestseller list: Patchett (no. 1), Whitehead (4), McEwan (7), Safran Foer (9)

Sep 21, 2016

“Forward,” @AbbyWambach memoir, debuts at No 8 on NYT hardcover nonfiction list.


Are You a Journalist?

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Create a Portfolio