Week August 7 - Current Events

Shimbun, The Yomiuri. “Osprey absent from Japan-U.S. joint drills.” The Japan News, Jiji Press, 10 Aug. 2017, the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003873968. Accessed 13 Aug. 2017.
This past Thursday, the United States and the Self Defense Forces in Japan had joint exercises, but the Osprey was not present for these. This was due to a request on Japan's part after an Osprey flight crashed, killing three of the people on board at the time. The exercises are scheduled to take place over the next week  as well and the Osprey may or may not be taking part in these. According to Japan's Defense Minister, "Ospreys won't be used until coordination with the US side is made."

Shimbun, The Yomiuri. “Record number of foreign trainee employers violate labor laws in '16.” The Japan News, Jiji News, 11 Aug. 2017, the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003871992. Accessed 13 Aug. 2017.
According to the labor ministry, the number of employers that accepted trainees from other countries violated Japan's labor laws. More businesses were found to be violating the labor laws than ever before, the number of businesses coming to 4,004. This is 309 more businesses than were recorded last year, showing the continues increase of foreign trainees coming into Japan. Most of the law violations found were related to overtime procedures, safety, and unpaid extra pay. 

Week of July 31st - Current Events

Lies, Elaine, and Takaya Yamaguchi. “Abe, Trump Discuss N Korean Threat.” Japan Today, Japan Today, 31 July 2017 japantoday.com/category/politics/Abe-Trump-discuss-N-Korean-threat.

On July 31st, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Donald Trump to discuss what actions to take against North Korea. After North Korea tested its long-range missiles on July 28, many countries felt alarmed and threatened. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, previously stated that the UN is not putting enough pressure on North Korea, adding that Japan needs to do more to pressure the growing aggressor. While the two leaders agreed that action needs to be taken against North Korea, they did not specify what the action included. No potential military action against North Korea was discussed. Japan has emphasized that they believe China and Russia need to play larger roles in the North Korean dilemma. Trump argued that China has done “nothing” to help the US in the dilemma, while China has greatly benefitted from US trade. President Trump will be meeting with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in next to discuss the developing North Korean threat.

Reuter, Thomson. “A Maverick at Home, Taro Kono Set for Softer Diplomatic Approach Abroad.” Japan Today, Japan Today, 3 Aug. 1970, japantoday.com/category/politics/a-maverick-at-home-japan's-taro-kono-set-for-softer-diplomatic-approach-abroad.

Recently, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has picked Taro Kono as Japan’s new foreign minister. Taro Kono has deep connections with the United States, having connections to a variety of personnel throughout the country. As a fluent english speaker, one of Kono’s major tasks will be communicating with the US regarding the recent development of the North Korean threat. Kano and his family have had a long history of involvement in Japan’s government. His father, Yohei Kono, was a former chief cabinet secretary. Kono himself was first elected to parliament in 1996, and also served as head of the National Public Safety Commission in 2016. Taro Kono has pushed for a reduction of Japan’s nuclear arsenal throughout his involvement in the government. He has also criticized the government’s hesitance to open the doors for immigrant laborers. Despite these pushes, many experts believe his approach to international diplomacy will be similar to the previous foreign minister.

Current Events- Assignment reminder

For this assignment, one student will volunteer each week to post on the blog two examples of current event/news items that offer some perspective on the course topic. Current event examples should be focused on the United States and Japan (and/or their position in global affairs). The two pieces you choose to bring in may be comparative (i.e. different perspectives on the same issue) or unrelated to one another. Please choose a week that best fits your schedule. You will complete one current event blog post by the end of your selected week with a Sunday 11:00 p.m. due date. Also, see program blog for resources related to selecting reliable news sources. *

Week of June 5 – Julie (Due June 11)
Week of June 12 – Kristi (Due June 18)
Week of June 19 – Angela (Due June 25)
Week of June 26 – Tobi Du (Due July 2)
Week of July 3 – Zoe (Due July 9)
Week of July 10 –Jacob (Due July 16)
Week of July 17 – Laura (Due July 23)
Week of July 24 – Alison (Due July 30)
Week of July 31 - Rhyan  (Due August 13)
Week of August 7 – Yu-Won (Due August 13)
Week of August 14 – Mara (Due August 20)
Week of August 21 – Alvin (Due August 29 extended due to travel)
Week of August 28 – Ann (Due Sept 3)

Week of Sept 4 – Tian Wei (Due Sept 10)