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Japan (continued)

 

Shinto Mysticism

Shrine-State Debate

Enthronement ceremony for the new Emperor irritates secular critics

 

Nobody Wants to Enlist

Japanís Military Gets No Respect

Despite huge defense budget, the army has its hands tied

 

The Imperial Secret

Cancer in Japan is Taboo

They wonít tell Emperor Hirohito what heís dying from

 

Sony in Alsace

The Japaning of Europe

Japanese companies are scaling the ramparts of Fortress Europe

 

Bird Cage Interrogations

Forced Confessions

Japan's criminal justice system Marred by human rights abuse

 

Angry underclass

Japan's Worst Slum

Day-labor ghetto in Osaka shows the face of poverty amid fabulous wealth

  

Eying Stardom

Japan Ambitious Space Program

Prospects of traveling the heavens combine scientific and commercial interests

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buddhist Extremism?

Mixing Politics with Dharma

Japanís ambitious Komeito party backed by controversial Soka Gakkai sect

 

A lust for trees, a love of wood

Decimating the Rainforests

Cultural appreciation of fine hardwood contributes to unsustainable logging

 

Lesson in Aluminum

Problems with Foreign Aid

Japanís $8 billion aid benefits the donor, not necessarily the recipient

 

Last Natural River

Japanís Lost Nature

After paving over the rivers in concrete, Japanese ponder their ruined ecosystem

 

Nagasaki

Reluctant Martyr

The city tries to remember Ė and forget Ė its atomic heritage

 

Rethinking Whales

From Eating to Watching Them

Eco-friendly Japanese are beginning to celebrate the whales