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About Carl
Carl Freire is a writer, translator (J>E), and editor based in Tokyo. He has worked as a trade magazine journalist in Osaka and for the Associated Press in Tokyo. While he is focused primarily on his work as a translator, he has continued to write, with work appearing in the Japan Times and other outlets. His book translations include Koizumi and Japanese Politics (Routledge/University of Tokyo, 2010), One Hundred Fifty Years of Japanese Foreign Relations (JPIC, 2022), and International Politics and the Search for Peace (JPIC, 2023), among others.
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Japan and China Open Hotline Amid Simmering Tensions

14 Nov 2023  |  Voice of America
The article discusses the tensions between Japan and China over disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. It highlights recent incidents between coast guard ships from both countries and the establishment of a hotline between their defense authorities to prevent escalation. The hotline aims to enhance communication during crises and build trust between the two nations. Despite the hotline, bilateral tensions persist, with frequent close encounters at sea and historical grievances from WWII still affecting relations. The effectiveness of the hotline is uncertain, especially with recent changes in defense leadership in both countries. The article includes insights from experts and officials on the significance of the hotline and the broader context of regional security concerns.

Profile for Columbia Law School Alumni Magazine of graduate who at the time of the interview was the then-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan.

Breaking news follow up on impact of then ex-President Fujimori's return to Peru after self-exile in Japan.

Mount Fuji's Slopes Suffering from Trash Pollution

01 Apr 2023  |  Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Mount Fuji, a symbol of Japan, is facing a severe pollution problem with large amounts of trash, including household and industrial waste, being illegally dumped on its slopes. The Fujisan Club, an organization dedicated to cleaning up the mountain, has collected significant amounts of garbage. The issue of trash is a concern for Japan's bid to have Mount Fuji recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Despite the problem, government officials believe Fuji's cultural significance will be the deciding factor for UNESCO. Volunteers are motivated to clean up the mountain, but there is concern that World Heritage status could lead to increased tourism and further pollution, as seen in other sites like Mount Everest.

Kon Ichikawa, Renowned Japanese Director, Dies at 92

14 Feb 2023  |  The Tuscaloosa News
Renowned Japanese film director Kon Ichikawa has passed away at the age of 92 due to pneumonia. Ichikawa, known for his artistic technique and humanistic approach, directed films across various genres, earning international acclaim with works like the Oscar-nominated 'Harp of Burma' and the documentary 'Tokyo Olympiad.' His career spanned from 1945, with notable recognition including a jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1960 and a lifetime achievement award from the World Film Festival of Montreal in 2001. Film critic Tadao Sato praised Ichikawa's ability to infuse even light entertainments with class and seriousness. Ichikawa is survived by his two sons, and a private funeral followed by a public memorial service is planned. Toho Co., the company that released many of Ichikawa's films, confirmed his passing.

Japan's middle-aged rockers relive youth

05 Mar 2007  |  Portsmouth Herald
The article discusses the rise of middle-aged, amateur rock bands in Japan, known as 'oyaji' bands. These bands, consisting of individuals in their 40s to 60s, are gaining popularity and support from music equipment makers and cable music TV. The trend reflects the musical coming of age of a generation that set aside their rock 'n' roll dreams for corporate careers, only to revisit them later in life. With more disposable income, time, and the help of the Internet, these older musicians are forming bands and performing live. Music equipment manufacturer Roland Corp. and cable station Music On! TV are supporting the movement, seeing potential for sales and a connection with the demographic. The article highlights the personal stories of band members and the cultural shift that allows these aging rock enthusiasts to pursue their passion for music.

Culture Preserving Farmhouses

04 Mar 2007  |  fredericksburg.com
A growing number of architects and conservationists in Japan, including Yoshihiro Takishita, are working to salvage and modernize centuries-old minka farmhouses. These traditional homes, once common in the countryside, are experiencing a resurgence due to increased interest in traditional living and the economic means to undertake renovations. The Tokyo-based Japanese Minka Recycle and Reuse Association has logged numerous restoration projects, and the United Nations' designation of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama as world heritage sites has further boosted interest. Renovations can be costly, often requiring relocation and modern upgrades, but advocates argue that the unique character and environmental integration of minka farmhouses make the investment worthwhile.

Pachinko take tied to North nuke quest

06 Dec 2006  |  The Japan Times
The article discusses the concerns surrounding the popular Japanese gambling game, pachinko, and its potential link to funding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Pachinko is predominantly operated by ethnic Koreans in Japan, and there is a belief among experts that the industry's revenues may be a significant source of hard currency for North Korea. With the acceleration of North Korea's nuclear ambitions under Kim Jong Il, Japan is taking a tougher stance, which includes measures to prevent the transfer of gambling proceeds to North Korea, such as blocking a ferry service suspected of carrying the funds.

Unique file-sharing virus shakes up Japan

24 May 2006  |  web.archive.org
The article discusses the Antinny virus, which targets users of the Winny file-sharing program in Japan, causing significant security breaches by leaking sensitive information. The virus spreads by renaming itself with desirable file names and then using Winny to distribute both itself and random files from the infected computer. High-profile leaks have included airport security passwords and confidential defense data. The government and businesses have responded by banning Winny on work computers, educating the public, and providing removal tools. Despite these efforts, new strains of Antinny continue to emerge, and the virus has begun to attack another file-sharing application called Share. The article highlights the broader issue of Internet safety and the challenges in ensuring users follow secure practices online.

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