Japan


Naomi Osaka’s U.S. Open Win and the Biracial Identity in Japan

This Saturday, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka won the U.S. open, becoming the first ever Japanese-born tennis player to claim a Grand Slam championship. Through her victory, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother, has begun to redefine what it means to be Japanese in a country that […]


An Emperor Of Peace Leaves A Legacy

This past week has marked an important peaceful event for countries affected by World War II.  August 15, 1945 is when then-ruler of Japan Emperor Hirohito announced via the radio that the country was surrendering its position in the war. This announcement signalled the end of the Second World War […]


Global Slavery Index Reminds Us Of Inequality In North Korea

North Korea has topped the Global Slavery Index (GSI) in 2018, with a reported 1 in 10 citizens subjected to slavery by the state. Compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, this index aims to address slavery in both developed and third world countries. In 2016, they estimated that 45.8 million […]


Grenade Attack During Rally Held By Ethiopian Prime Minister Results In Casualties

Soon after the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia finished his speech on June 23rd at the Meskel Square, a grenade was denoted causing 10,000 supporters to run in fear of their lives. His supporters were eager to hear about his new reformist agenda. As a result of the attacks, […]


Peace Is Priceless : Peace Declaration, The City Of Hiroshima

Historic border town talks between the leaders of North and South Korea have raised international hopes that peace may be brokered on the peninsula after over 60 years of hot and cold confrontation. The collaborative efforts by many state and non-state actors over the decades to reach this potential point […]


Japan In East Asia – More Or Less Defensive

Japan, alongside the international community has welcomed North Korea’s announcement via Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that its nuclear and missile testing program will be immediately suspended. Although Japan has expressed this represents a positive step towards improving the region’s acute insecurity, reservation has accompanied the news. As a major […]