Global News Blog: Japan on Nuclear Weapons

December 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

by Adele Le Gardeur

One of the major humanitarian causes that Japan takes part in is the stopping of nuclear weapons. Being one of the few victims of nuclear bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, Japan knows the full destruction that bombs can cause and thus the consequences.

Japan believes that despite the boundaries that are drawn on the earth, we are all members of one world and one people. One of the many ways that Japan strives for peace in the Nuclear age is through the Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation.

David Krieger best describes Japan’s feelings about nuclear bombs on the 50th anniversary of the bombings. There are many reasons to oppose nuclear weapons they are long-distance killing devices, and instruments of annihilation that kill indiscriminately – men, women and children.

Because they kill indiscriminately, their threat or use is both immoral and illegal. They are weapons that can destroy cities, countries and civilization. They threaten all that is human, all that is sacred, all that exists.

If this were not enough, these weapons make cowards of their possessors and, because they concentrate power in the hands of the few, are anti-democratic.

Because of these strong feelings Japan has many other organizations, such as the Japan’s Scientist Association, which outwardly reject the use of all nuclear weapons.

Global News Blog: Japan Reluctant to Take Refugees

December 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

by Adele Le Gardeur

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees encourages countries to accept numerous refugees throughout the year, however Japan has been lagging.

Japan has always been inconsistent with its own refugee policy. Japan will accept unlikely refugees such as the recent Karen families from the Mera refugee camp. But through the years it has taken far less refugees than other countries.

The U.S. alone took more than 62,000 refugees last year and both Australia and Canada took more than 6,000 through the UNHCR. Japan only took 90 people spanning the last three years.

Japan’s reluctance to accept refugees is a result of its already overcrowded nation. However, since 2005, the population has dropped due to an aging population and low birthrate, thus allowing Japan the freedom to take in more refugees.

Hopefully with this in mind and more push from the UNHCR Japan will begin to take in more refugees.

Global News Blog: Controversy in Japan over Early Childhood Institutions

December 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Adele Le Gardeur

One of the most controversial issues in Japan today is its education system in the areas of early childhood institutions, such as day cares. Some of the problems include the gap in the time from these earlier programs to primary schools, and ambiguity toward the purpose of these earlier education institutions.

There is also a lack of professionally trained and qualified teachers. Another issue arose from a translation error. This deals with “gifted children” and regular children. They are teaching them with different methods and thus giving them different information.

In order to implement a change, I would go about making all children equal. I feel like given the history of Japan it will not be easy to change but not impossible. Japan has one of the best education systems in the world and in part they may say this is a result of their competition to get into the top schools. However, Japan also believes in the importance of the group and not the individual. It would be best for them to educate the whole group instead of focusing on certain individuals.