Japan Daily Press weekend recap for week 35 of 2012. Take a look at some of our highlighted stories from the week of Sunday, August 26th, through Saturday, September 1st. ‘Like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on Japan’s news throughout the week!
The difficulties over the various island disputes certainly continued this week. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a shocking statement about withdrawing some of the previous apologies to South Korea’s “comfort women” made in the past by the Japanese government. Later in the week, some of the last surviving Korean women from the period of Japan’s colonization made a formal invitation to nearly 700 Japanese politicians to come and visit them in person, and hear how their denials have impacted their lives. Our new columnist, John Park, wrote an editorial about how the media has tied the topic of comfort women and debate about the Dokdo/Takeshima Islands into one, and I pose the question if it would be possible to move on from one or the other.
Someone getting busted in Japan for trying to take pictures up a woman’s skirt doesn’t get much notice these days, but when it’s Takuma Otoshi, the former president of IBM Japan, that certainly gets people’s attention. Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, also has his headaches to deal with, as he was just at the receiving end of a censure motion filed by the opposing Liberal Democratic Party. While Apple may have found victory in the American courts in its worldwide battle with Samsung over patent infringements, they weren’t so lucky in the Tokyo District Court.
The sad death of Yurika Masuno in Romania continues to spark discussion in our comments, so I weighed in on my feelings about the responsibility of her internship organization, AIESEC Japan. Paul Watson has also spoken out from hiding, this time stating that his next operation against Japan’s whale hunting is preparing to launch from Australia this autumn. And if you’re in the market for a new motorcycle, be sure to check out Toto’s three-wheeled, toilet-shaped bike that actually runs on poop. Not yours mind you, but that of livestock animals.
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