This video blog focuses on the politics, economy, and society of Japan, with special attention to underappreciated sides of Japan, including stories that the mainstream Japanese media tends to ignore.

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Japan’s Internationalization and the English Language

SNA (Tokyo) — David Satterwhite explains the successes and failures of Japan’s internationalization, especially its struggles with the English language. Camera and video editing: Sam King. Series editor: […]

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Japanese Banks and the Dakota Access Pipeline

SNA (Tokyo) — Activists call on three major Japanese banks to disinvest from the Dakota Access Pipeline. […]

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Shioya Town’s Struggle against Fukushima Radiation

Profile of the struggle of the local residents against a central government plan to make their community a site for the final disposal of highly radioactive materials from […]

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Day Service Las Vegas

Kaoru Mori, president of Japan Elderly Care Service, explains the concept and effectiveness of his Day Service Las Vegas initiative. […]

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Japanese Students Protest the Security Bill

Japan’s era of politicized university campuses is but a distant memory, but at least some students have been mobilized by fears of the Shinzo Abe administration and the […]

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Akihabara: Fusion of Technology and Fantasy

Akihabara symbolizes more than any other location the high-technology, quirky image that Japan had established worldwide by the 1980s. In recent decades, Akihabara has also developed its own […]

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Okinawa Elections: Keeping Democracy at Bay

The people of Okinawa vote unmistakably to end the plan to build a new US Marine airbase at Henoko beach with the election of Governor Takeshi Onaga. Signs […]

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An Interview with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine

Excerpts from my exclusive interview with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine as he reflects on US military bases, economic development, and the state of democracy in Okinawa. Filmed on […]

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The Rockin’ MPs of the Liberal Democratic Party

Four lawmakers of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party moonlight as a rock n roll band in Tokyo. This performance took place at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Tokyo […]

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