Overseas Press Reacts to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s Opposition to the U.S. Bases Prior to His First U.S. Visit

Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 10th, 2018 海外記者、玉城デニー知事をどう見た? 初訪米前に会見 How did the foreign press react to Denny Tamaki’s speech before his first visit to the U.S.?   日本外国特派員協会で会見する玉城デニー沖縄県知事=2018年11月9日午前11時56分、東京都千代田区、恵原弘太郎撮影 玉城デニー沖縄県知事の会見を取材する記者たち=2018年11月9日午前11時34分、東京都千代田区、恵原弘太郎撮影   日本滞在歴計8年で、米英でも仕事をしてきたトルコ人のフリージャーナリスト、イルグン・ヨルマズさん(47)は「沖縄が『辺野古』に反対している理由は、私も含め海外には十分伝わっていない。その意味で、訪米は理解を広めるチャンス」と指摘する。「米国で訴え、米国から日本政府にプレッシャーがかかるのなら、日本政府も聞く耳を持つのでは」と語った。  関心は、来春までに実施される県民投票だ。「イエスか、ノーかを問うことは大切。ノーが示され、それでも日本政府が民意を無視するのなら、ビッグニュースだ。日本には民主主義はないのか、と問われるだろう」(成沢解語、木村司、上遠野郷) Turkish freelance journalist Ilgin Yorulmaz (47), who has worked in the United States and the UK for 8 years, said, “The reason Okinawa is opposed to” …

Tokyo’s Misfit Sibling Comes of Age

Skylife, March 2018 — It’s best to say out loud from the outset an open secret: Osaka is not on the radar of everyone who visits Japan. Most people travel to Tokyo, the neon capital of the world, but bypass Osaka and continue to Kyoto, the country’s cultural heart. As the noisy and fun-loving sibling …

A Rhodes Scholar Speaks Out

An academic star of Haitian descent responds to Trump’s anti-immigrant remarks West Side Spirit — Jan. 22, 2018 Thamara Jean is a regular at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where she helps her family at the church all day every Sunday. For the 22-year-old political science major at Hunter College — who in November …

A Pinch of Spice

GASTRONOMY WORLD WAKES UP TO MAGICAL INGREDIENTS — INCLUDING A GOOD OLD TURKISH CHILI. Skylife — March 2017 Recent developments in many countries around the world may have left everyone wondering whether or not we are nearing the end of globalization and a return to isolation. But in true fashion of the zeitgeist’s mantra of …

Kyoto in Cherry Blossom Season

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” Skylife — April 2017 In a scene from the movie The Last Samurai, the character of Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto, the samurai leader, walks in a temple garden surrounded by sakura (cherry blossoms) …