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Activists urge Japan to apologize for forcing women to work in wartime brothels

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

A protester wearing a mask representing ‘comfort women’ | Reuters

 

Over 50 activists wearing white face masks joined a sit-in protest in front of Japan’s de facto embassy in Taipei on Tuesday (August 14), asking for a formal apology and demanding monetary compensation for Taiwanese women who were forced to work in its wartime brothels.

In drizzling rain, women’s rights activists wore black shirts and masks representing the “comfort women” – a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels – who have already passed away. They also held reeds to symbolize the tenderness and endurance of comfort women over the years, inspired by the documentary film “Song of the Reed” which pays tribute to the women.

Before the sit-in protest, Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation Chairperson Huang Shu-ling handed a letter of protest addressed to the Japanese government to a Japanese official. Police hovered nearby and declared the protest a violation of the assembly and parade act, though they allowed it to continue until the event was over.

Like other Asian nations including South Korea and China, Taiwan has an ongoing dispute with Japan over the treatment of women during the war. — Reuters

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Japan’s PM Abe wins party vote, on track for extended term

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday (September 20), setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution.

Abe, who surged back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy and strengthen defense, defeated former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba in the election for Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, winning 553 votes to Ishiba’s 254.

If Abe stays in office through November 2019, he will have exceeded the 2,886 days marked by Taro Katsura in the early 20th century.

Abe is assured the premiership because his LDP-led coalition controls parliament. — Reuters

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Powerful earthquake rocks Japan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

A building damaged by a powerful quake in Hokkaido. Kyodo/via Reuters

A powerful 6.7 earthquake rocked the Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday (September 6) morning, creating cracks in the street and knocking down bottles and goods in a Sapporo grocery store.

The quake, which struck at 3:08 a.m. (1808 GMT on Wednesday) posed no tsunami risk, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it struck some 68 km (42 miles) southeast of Sapporo, Hokkaido’s main city.

The earthquake caused a landslide in the rural town of Atsumi that engulfed houses, injuring and trapping a number of people and cutting power in several areas, local media reported. — Reuters

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Most powerful typhoon in 25 years strikes Japan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

Strong waves brought by Typhoon Jebi in Japan | CCTV via REUTERS

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, at around 12:30 Tuesday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The typhoon brought torrential rain and powerful gusts of winds across western Japan, causing at least one dead.

It is said to be the most powerful typhoon in Japan in 25 years. It has moved on a northward trajectory at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour since its landing.

Affected by the typhoon, rainstorm battered the Tokushima Prefecture Tuesday morning, dumping 83 millimeters of water an hour.

JMA on Tuesday morning urged the public in seven prefectures to be vigilant against high waves, potential floods, and landslides.

More than 600 local and international flights have been canceled and Japan’s top two carriers, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have canceled 289 and 180 flights, respectively.

The Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train lines have been suspended and parts of major highways have also been closed.

Some stores in Osaka and Kyoto prefectures and other parts of western Japan have shut down for the day.

JMA said the typhoon will pick up speed as it passes, which will then bring strong winds and heavy rains across Japan.

It is also said that Typhoon Jebi will be downgraded to an extra-tropical cyclone by Wednesday and will badly affect Tokyo. — Reuters

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