Japan News Roundup: 1/19/17

This week on Japan News Roundup, a famous Japanese bike route makes the cut, the U.S. and Canada finally get a Japanese blockbuster hit, and the Ghibli Museum has reason to celebrate, and more. The News   Shimanami Kaido Bike Route Takes Spot in World’s Top 50 Bike Routes List This famous, breath-taking biking trail runs along the Shimanami Kaido, otherwise known as the Nishiseto Expressway and ‘island-hops’ across multiple isles starting at Onomichi, Hiroshima and ending in Imabari, Ehime. The Lonely Planet series of travel books has recently published … Continue reading →

The Great Hanshin Earthquake: 22 Years Ago Today

Candle-lit lanterns dedicated to those who lost their lives January 17th marks the 22nd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that devastated the prefecture of Hyogo including our sister city, Kobe, Japan. Sadly over 6,000 people lost their lives as buildings and highways collapsed from the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that took people by surprise in the early hours o the morning. Today various memorials and events were held in Kobe and surrounding regions to honor the dead and preserve the memory of the impact of the event for future generations … Continue reading →

JASGP Presents Fred Korematsu Day Event

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, presents a discussion and audience Q&A between constitutional scholar and author Kermit Roosevelt III and attorney and author David Lat in honor of Fred Korematsu Day. The event will take place at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This conversation will touch on the historic significance of the Japanese American civil rights leader Fred Korematsu, whose case Korematsu v. United States was used … Continue reading →

Book Review: “Honor Before Glory” by Scott McGaugh

In 2016, the United States commemorated the 75th anniversary of the imperial Japanese naval attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which led to America’s involvement in World War II. Pearl Harbor served as a catalyst for many Americans eager to enlist and defend their county; it also brought to light anti-Japanese sentiment. Within three months of the attack, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of Japanese American citizens to prison camps in the wastelands of the American West. In spite of their incarceration without … Continue reading →

Japan News Roundup: 2016 in Reflection

This week on Japan News Roundup, lets reflect on the best Japanese news of 2016, plus a look into some hopeful and fun happenings in Japan for 2017. The News A Slip-Up by Japanese TV on Recognizing an Important Gaming Figure This gem of a goof happened last March, when a show called Mezamashi TV attended a Japanese games history exhibit and failed to recognize Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony’s gaming division, who was there to promote the Playstation VR.  During an interview with him, they simply refer to him … Continue reading →