‘Underdog’: Takaichi Sanae has announced her bid for the presidency of the LDP, which could land her the prime ministership.
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Japan has a very poor record on promoting gender equality – and it’s political system is no exception.
From left: Shigeru Ishiba, Fumio Kishida, Taro Kono and Sanae Takaichi.
Despite the sluggish vaccine rollout, Suga’s party, the LDP, is still favoured to retain power in this year’s general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain PM.
Losing support: Japanese prime minster Yoshihide Suga.
The Japanese prime minister has announced he will not seek re-election as party leader ahead of a general election later this year.
The Picts, the indigenous people of what is today northern Scotland, were documented by Roman historians as having complex tattoos.
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The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
As well as spreading the virus, the event eroded public confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis, undermining future containment efforts.
In east Asian countries, past disease outbreaks have made face masks part of everyday life – but the social context supporting such behaviour isn’t present in the UK.
Male-dominated: Japan’s royal family greet well-wishers for the new year in 2020.
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There have been eight women who ruled as empress, but Japanese culture has always prioritised maleness.
XIV Crows (からす) by Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi, 1972.
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Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi were witness to the direct aftermath of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. The art they created is striking.
A new Netflix documentary gives an intimate look into Naomi Osaka finding her voice in the world.
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Minor human errors beautifully show Tokyo’s opening ceremony for what it is: real people in real time.
When cultural stereotypes and nation branding collide, discussions of orientalism and cultural appropriation get complicated.
Hawaiian surfer John John Florence, seen here competing in Portugal, is one of the favorites to win surfing’s first Olympic gold.
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Olympic surfers are coming from around the world to compete in surfing’s Olympic debut. But where will the waves come from?
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The competition for soft power is at the heart of the Olympics. This year, the opening ceremony will be crucial for Japan.
These will not only be the most expensive Summer Games ever, they have likely come at a tremendous reputational cost for the IOC.
The Tokyo Olympics officially open on July 23 – one year later than originally planned and in an Olympic stadium that will be empty of spectators thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Tokyo is not the…
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The economic benefits of the Olympics are in question like never before.
A joint drill between Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force, the U.S. Marine Corps and the French army in Japan this year.
Japan is showing increased support for Taiwan in the face of relentless pressure from China. Here’s why Taiwan matters so much to Tokyo and what it’s prepared to do about it.
But it’s the taking part that counts.
The meditation market is expected to grow to over $2 billion by 2022.
It’s easy to assume that the practice has few, if any, downsides. But a new study explored some of its social repercussions.
Since Rio handed the baton to Tokyo in 2016, the city has prepared to host foreign and domestic Olympics fans alike.
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As COVID empties the Tokyo 2020 bleachers, will the economic benefits of hosting in the first place outweigh the losses incurred by not having tourists?