Week 26 of 2012 has come to a close, and that means it’s time to take a look back at the biggest headlines before moving on into July. These are the most recommended stories from Sunday, June 24th, through Saturday, June 30th. If there’s something more you’d like to see in these weekend recaps, or you have any suggestions for us in general, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!
Our columnists had some great reads this week, starting off with Cynthia’s editorial about how the weak involvement of women in the workforce is counteracting Japan’s growth. And Ashley’s always informative Exploring Japan series gives you all you need to know about finding the best summer fireworks festivals in Japan this year. As for big headlines in the political realm, you may have heard about the news surrounding the Lower House vote on increasing Japan’s sales tax. Well, now a group of members from the ruling party, led by Ichiro Ozawa, are very unhappy about the tax reform bill being passed, and are awaiting their leader’s decision about whether to leave the party of not.
As for controversy this week, Nikon was ordered by a court judge to go on with South Korean photographer Ahn Se-hong’s exhibit on ‘comfort women,’ making the blood boil in Japan’s right-wing conservatives. More and more former U.S. Marines who were stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam war are coming forward about their experiences with the outlawed chemical Agent Orange on the island, yet the U.S. government continues to deny these claims.
For the first time in the history of Japan’s use of rare earth minerals, scientists have discovered a deposit that is exclusively in their territory, meaning the country has a chance to greatly reduce its dependency on China for the minerals. This will also be of great use in the near future, as members of the government are thinking of creating a real, working Gundam, the human-piloted mech right out of the popular anime series!
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