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Japan Population Problem: Government Adopts Paternity Leave, Nursery School Measures To Increase Birth Rate

Japan Population Problem: Government Adopts Paternity Leave, Nursery School Measures To Increase Birth Rate | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Japan wants more men to take paternity leave and help them spend more time with their children.
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Population policy in Japan

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South Korea boycott of Japanese goods over island dispute

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South Korean shop owners are launching a nationwide boycott of Japanese products over a territorial dispute between the two countries.
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Territorial dispute over the island of Dokdo/Takeshima in the East Sea/Sea of Japan

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Navigating the East China Sea

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How to ease tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over an uninhabited string of islands.
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Islands equal territorial rights to the surrounding seas' fishing and natural resources 

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Ageing Japan

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How can the world's most elderly society overcome its demographic crisis?
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Living longer is a product of an improved standard of living, but there are costs as well as benefits as is shown in the Japanese culture.

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Concern as Japan's 2014 birth rate falls to record low

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Japan's birth rate slumps to a record low in 2014, health ministry figures show, with barely 1m newborns in 2014 - 9,000 fewer than in 2013.
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Korea.net : The official website of the Republic of Korea

Korea.net : The official website of the Republic of Korea | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The South Korean government provides news about Korea, Korean government policy, information on Korean history, Korean culture, traveling in South Korea, life in Korea, inter-Korean relations and more.
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Korea disputes Japanese claims to the Islands of Dokdo off the east coast of Korea.

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New Japanese Helicopter Carrier Draws China Warning to Asia

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China said Asian neighbors must be alert to Japan’s defense buildup after it unveiled a vessel capable of carrying 14 helicopters, the largest Japanese military ship produced since World War II.
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Interesting look at the potential for conflict in the East China Sea

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Teaching about Racism in Japan

Is there racism and discrimination in Japan? I was surprised to find out that almost all of my high school students (about 1000 students) were not aware of t...

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Nathan Soh's curator insight, July 13, 2014 6:55 AM

I feel that racism and discrimination is a very redundant thing and not many people know about its existence in their own country. Be it against Koreans, or blacks, it is still a problem. It enrages me when i think of being discriminated just because i am different. It just isn't fair. 

huang junyi's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:19 AM

After watching this video, I realised that many Japanese people were oblivious about their country's racist nature. I think it is because the Japanese government had censored most of racist issues thus,  Compared to the Germans I don’t think the Japanese sense of racial superiority is that specific. There is a sense of Japan’s superiority politically speaking. I think the sense of Japan’s superiority fundamentally comes from the fact that Japan is a unique country because of its emperor system, it’s a divine country, that kind of thing. That is why Japanese dislike foreigners coming to their country as they are afraid that foreigners might ruined their traditional ways and culture. The Japanese people want to preserve their culture very badly. In another words, I dare to say that Japanese people are rigid and narrow-minded, I think ten years down the road if japan is still like that, it's economy will go down hill. 

Emily Lai Yin's curator insight, July 13, 2014 9:57 AM

It first surprised me to know that students in Japan are not aware of racism and discrimination in their own country. but I came to realised that they were most probably influenced by the older generation when they were young. such discrimination to people with different races and origins such as Koreans, Okinawans and burakumins are quite severe and for most students to not realise it must mean that they were mostly likely raised in a way that they were being taught to discriminate people for their origins naturally. this situation certainly needs to be changed as the discrimination will only get from ad to worse as time passes if nothing is done to stop this "natural discrimination".