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Japan's Population Problem
"The world's attention is going to be turning to japan soon because the olympic games are going to be ending. Is there a simple way to describe what life is like. Their japan is kind of the lifestyle superpower of the world. It's a very easy place to live at least on the surface. This is miyoko rich. She's the tokyo bureau chief for the new york times. And then i think it's when you did just a little bit blow. You see that there are a lot of problems. Some of them looming in the future on some of them very much there today and that makes it a place of somewhat cognitive business. Maybe like all societies. But i think japan because it looks so beautiful and so efficient and so fun especially in a place like tokyo or osaka okeyo on the surface. I think people don't realize what might be lurking beneath rate. So let's talk about one of those issues. Can you tell me a little bit about japan's demographic problems well the predominant issue is that it is rapidly aging. It's currently considered the oldest country in the world in terms of the proportion of the population. That's already over sixty five. It's approaching about thirty percents and it will be more than that in about ten years and the population has also been declining for the last decade. So there are a lot of old people and fewer and fewer young people. So it's just actually kind of hard for me to imagine life in a country where everyone is so old. I was kinda hoping that you can help me. Imagine it so. Let's say i'm a young woman. In japan maybe in the countryside or maybe in a city can you take me sort of on a walk. Like what do i do. I feel this happening around me. Well if you're a young woman in the countryside you're alone.
Game On: The Tokyo Olympics
"After years. Delay the twenty. Twenty olympics are scheduled to begin in tokyo on july twenty third yesterday. Thomas bach the president of the international olympic committee appeared in tokyo video to reassure an uneasy public about the same as games. I can only emphasize these foreign commitment. Offer the to organize together save olympic and paralympic games for everybody but in a survey released in japan this week more than eighty percent of respondents said the event ought to be delayed or cancelled entirely. Much of the country remains under a state of emergency. During a wave of infections on the whole japan has avoided the worst of the pandemic so far it's recorded fewer than twelve thousand total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Thanks in part to some stringent border controls that have been in place since last spring. Never snyder is the economist. Tokyo bureau chief but over. Two thirds of those catalyses have come this year in twenty twenty one. The countries in the midst of what. They're calling a fourth wave fueled by more infectious strains particularly the be one seven i discovered in britain and some regional health systems have been under real strain in recent weeks. What about vaccinations. How are they going in a word slowly. Less than two percent of japan's population has been fully vaccinated. that's the lowest rate amongst the thirty seven members of the oecd club of mostly rich countries. And what's most striking is the source of the problem. It's neither supply. The european union has authorized the export of more than fifty million doses to japan. Nor is the problem really demand instead. It's really logistical snafus. And what someone's as an overabundance of bureaucratic caution
Japan 2021 Olympics in Doubt
"Now. Japan's government is holding firm at the moment in its view that this year's olympic games should go ahead. They've already been postponed once. But there's a growing number of cases of corona virus and also calls for tokyo twenty twenty one to be shelved while tokyo bureau. Chief fiona wilson joins me now. Welcome back thank you very much tokyo. Twenty twenty one is pretty ambitious. They want to call it to tokyo. Two thousand and twenty there is this insistence. Isn't there in the government to to stick with the plan for it to go ahead but the has been an enormous poll suggesting that lots of other people think otherwise. Yes you're absolutely right. In fact i was out in chablis very busy central tokyo that usually very busy and slightly sad looking tokyo. Twenty twenty flags still flowing. They're looking a bit faded and they're not changing the year. It's going to be tokyo. Twenty twenty even if it's held and twenty twenty one but things are not looking good for the olympics at the moment For many reasons. I think you know the surging Virus numbers obviously very difficult to contain at the moment. And you know they started a big public cole and eighty percent of people said they would like the games to be either postponed or cancelled outright. So there's not very Warm feeling for the olympics at the moment and it's it's really difficult moment to ask people to think about welcoming styles ends of people into the country. The moment and i think many people just think it's too much of a distraction at the moment. I mean from from the outside. This does look like somewhat of a mess. Doesn't it given the fact that like you say a sort of a cool clear head would suggest that Welcoming thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of visitors to tokyo when we are still in the teeth of a pandemic isn't necessarily the most sensible of ideas. Oh absolutely and i really have to wonder why the conversations behind closed doors. It's hard to believe. The prime minister soga is going over. All those options for cancellation really. My guess is that they probably don't want to announce today it's really definitely not possible to do it in. Of course everything's a bit delayed with the vaccination program here. It's not really going to happen until the talk about late february but the idea that everybody will be vaccinated in time for the olympics is extremely ambitious. And i think just that alone is making people pretty nervous. So i think it's. It's not looking very promising and more kind of message Does this convey from the government when they are still standing firm in. What does it say about the way that you're shahida seekers reputation as being saying well. I think when you look at that poll that was was negative about the olympics of the moment along with those those side eighty percent against the olympics. At the moment his own ratings have really dropped quite substantially. they were down nine percent in a month And over sixty eight percent of people said they were dissatisfied with his handling of the pandemic in japanese. Public is pretty critical. They're very of our overall. If you look at numbers they're really not as bad nowhere near as bad as as most country so in japan overall dump pretty well but the population is quite tough on elitist. Here there's a feeling that he's authored. Called a state of emergency for tokyo in the surrounding area and a lot of people have been saying for a couple of weeks. You know you. It has to be called now. They felt it was a little bit too late. So what we're expecting tonight. There's a press conference at seven o'clock tokyo time and it looks like seven. More prefectures will be added to the list. So that state of emergency will be spread across japan mostly to the west of japan and expecting you know all soccer yoga kyoto. An down to coca and even you know beyond also in kyushu. The governor of komo motto is said. We'll come we big did we. We want a kyushu state of emergency. So i think it looks like more and more people will be coming onto this State of emergency umbrella. Not as tough as the sort of lockdowns. We're seeing in the uk but it does Impinge on people's behavior. And i think that many people are saying you know we've got to do it now before numbers Get to more than can be contained
Japan pledges support for IOC's efforts to vaccinate Tokyo Olympic athletes
"Now. Japan's government is holding firm at the moment in its view that this year's olympic games should go ahead. They've already been postponed once. But there's a growing number of cases of corona virus and also calls for tokyo twenty twenty one to be shelved while tokyo bureau. Chief fiona wilson joins me now. Welcome back thank you very much tokyo. Twenty twenty one is pretty ambitious. They want to call it to tokyo. Two thousand and twenty there is this insistence. Isn't there in the government to to stick with the plan for it to go ahead but the has been an enormous poll suggesting that lots of other people think otherwise. Yes you're absolutely right. In fact i was out in chablis very busy central tokyo that usually very busy and slightly sad looking tokyo. Twenty twenty flags still flowing. They're looking a bit faded and they're not changing the year. It's going to be tokyo. Twenty twenty even if it's held and twenty twenty one but things are not looking good for the olympics at the moment For many reasons. I think you know the surging Virus numbers obviously very difficult to contain at the moment. And you know they started a big public cole and eighty percent of people said they would like the games to be either postponed or cancelled outright. So there's not very Warm feeling for the olympics at the moment and it's it's really difficult moment to ask people to think about welcoming styles ends of people into the country. The moment and i think many people just think it's too much of a distraction at the moment. I mean from from the outside. This does look like somewhat of a mess. Doesn't it given the fact that like you say a sort of a cool clear head would suggest that Welcoming thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of visitors to tokyo when we are still in the teeth of a pandemic isn't necessarily the most sensible of ideas. Oh absolutely and i really have to wonder why the conversations behind closed doors. It's hard to believe. The prime minister soga is going over. All those options for cancellation really. My guess is that they probably don't want to announce today it's really definitely not possible to do it in. Of course everything's a bit delayed with the vaccination program here. It's not really going to happen until the talk about late february but the idea that everybody will be vaccinated in time for the olympics is extremely ambitious. And i think just that alone is making people pretty nervous. So i think it's. It's not looking very promising
What's next for the Asia-Pacific?
"Today's special edition of the globalist we are going to focus on asia and what two thousand and twenty one might hold for the region. The obvious answer might seem and will hopefully be almost by definition what with one thing and another a vast improvement but even when asia does not find itself at the epicenter of a global health crisis it remains a complicated part of the world bringing their hostages to fortune to this look ahead to ages. Next twelve months are monocle. Hong kong bureau chief. James chambers monica's. Tokyo bureau chief. Fiona wilson a little later on monaco's bangkok correspondent gwen. Robinson will join us. But first to james and fiona fiona. Let's start with you. In japan as we mentioned in that introduction a new prime minister in office seeking to fill the big shoes and follow the tough act of shinzo are has yet figured out. What kind of prime minister he's going to be is a very good question. I mean i think he's been quite difficult for serger. Falling shinzo obey. Shinzo abe's for all his faults. You know longest serving prime minister in japanese history. So you go quiet trot record. He knows how to win elections. And you know. He survived an awful lot of ups and downs. Scandals also had to deal with the pandemic and ultimately how to deal with illness as well so yeah so quite challenging to come into that role. He started off pretty well. I think his ratings quite good. But i think as people have seen ways handled the pandemic Impressed is ratings have dropped. There's also the issue about the olympics. Will it happen waiting to happen. And i think so. Go really backing this. Huge domestic tourism tourism campaign encouraging. People around the country has gone down pretty badly although it has to be said Tens of millions of people have been guy around the country so they liked that bit of it. But so i think it's quite a tough time for him and interesting. He has to have an election by next autumn. And i think he's in for a pretty rough ride few under just to follow that up. You did the mention the oh word. If there is one thing that japan hopes it can look forward to in two thousand and twenty one it is the two thousand twenty Tokyo postponed because of the obvious right now on new year's day. How likely do they look. It really depends on you. Talk to to be honest. The government would love it to happen. They really wanted to happen dog to the saying we absolutely have to vaccinate everyone. And that's not guaranteed yet. Japan's rollout of vaccinations will be in the spring. And they say you know. We'll have everyone backs in asia by the summer. And if not. I think they are going to have a problem on their hands. There are so many vested interest in the olympics in definitely. The government is under pressure from tv companies. Advertises they want it to happen. Population is still quite lukewarm. I think many people feel it puts this unnecessary pressure on the country. At a time. When is trying to deal with the pandemic. we're still dealing with that joins in hong kong or bring you in now. It being new year's day let's at least out Attempting optimism As we were just discussing. Japan has one great big blue ribbon event to look forward to hopefully in two thousand and twenty one. Two thousand and twenty was a tough year for hong kong for the same reasons. It was a tough year for everybody but for other reasons. Besides is there anything in particular vet. People in hong kong are looking forward to this year. Yes well we've had a rough couple of years here in hong kong so You know when you've hit rock awesome. Which i think that's not hong kong. Has i mean the only way to go his up. So i guess people are looking at s- an economic recovery an a return to business as usual in terms of an making money and getting on that side of things but In looking ahead the the rest of the year. I mean there are few big dates to To look forward to the the first one would be at the end of this month on the polls in january when the the uk's visa essentially for the hong kong people comes into play and up to three million on congas could suddenly decamp to britain. So if that happens if the floodgates opened not lovely be a huge event we've oils essentially being stuck in vung most of twenty twenty so It's been difficult to town at the moments How big that exodus will be. And there's no no re- odds on dejean that which you know. Every time i do meet with hong kong peasant they do generate trying to ask me once. Lights live in the uk Just like an schooling an election. Step in where they should live. What's baath liken. Is it better than oxford as there is. There is a genuine interest. But i guess we're waiting to see how many people actually all through with all of the with these These moves
Japan set for new prime minister after ruling party vote
"By the end of today, could Japan have a new prime minister? The departure of Shinzo Abe's due to ill health triggered a rapid and intense race within the country's ruling Liberal. Democratic Party today's voters among three contenders with a front runner Mr Abbas advisor Your Shahida suge he promises to maintain JAPA- Japan's current economic policies what I'm delighted to say our Tokyo Bureau chief know. Wilson. Joins me now good afternoon. Aloe Vera. What is the latest? Well the election is happening as we speak the members of the L. D. The parliamentary members are in a hotel in Tokyo casting their votes. I don't think it's going to take that long actually, and I expect the results to come out quite soon and you're right Mr Sugar is. Massively the favourite he's already secured seventy percent of the vote within the party the parliamentary multi, the votes he'll probably get most of those as well. So it really is sort of a formality, this election and what will happen next is on Wednesday the Diet will come into session and he will be. Made Prime Minister officially. What is it about your Shahida suge which seems to have guaranteed to convincing win for him. Well I think number one is he's ver- famously very loyal to Shinzo, Arbor, and his his platform is basically all just do more of the same. So he's not putting up any kind of different policies. It's really hard to cigarette paper between these two he's he's openly said he will continue the economic policy, the diplomatic policy, and that seems to be quite welcome within the party within the parliamentary party. Certainly. Now. The other two candidates. Very strong candidates, Mr Kishida, and and also Mr issued burner issues. We've talked about him quite often he's been. A strong critic of Shinto Arbor but those they can't win today almost impossible I. You know less this summer unbelievable event. But they're looking to next year I mean even though Mr Suge will win today, he can really only see out Shinzo Abe's term which would have finished next September, this term as president of the Party and the the term finish is September twenty twenty one when they will have to be another election. So the big discussion now is does Mr Suge immediately have a general election to. Cement his position. So I think that will be the big discussion next week. What is the popularity of him among Japanese citizens I e descriptions of him in the press did not paint him as a particularly pleasant. A warm character that many people would be inspired by in fact, the absolute opposite but it's only in the last couple of weeks at a twinkle in his eye appeared. Carefully contrived twinkle in his eye I mean he's been in front of the press twice a day every day for nearly eight years because he's been the spokesperson for Shinzo, Abe's government. So the press knows him very very well, I think his public persona is is not so clear people now know he's the son of a strawberry farm he's not from one of. These famous political families like Shinzo Bay Familia, Kishida, one of his rivals he's he's worked his way up, which is being a little bit of involuntary cheese talked about I'm a regular person. If I can become prime minister anyone can and they've tried to craft a bit of a warm personality saying he's got a sweet tooth. We've had a few friends wheeled out. From his his hometown, he comes from Accu in the north of Japan from a Small Town Newshour but I have to say the people they've they've brought out have rather confirmed that he was a pretty quiet nondescript character as a youth. You didn't really do much more than than than fish for trout and played baseball. He wasn't really marked out for political success. Oh I wouldn't say he's he's extremely charismatic and he himself admits he doesn't have much diplomatic experience. So that will be interesting because obviously one of the big relationships that Japan has its regional neighbors and with the US and I, I'm trying to imagine Yoshida and Donald Trump. That could be an interesting meeting. I think Mr Saga the the Polish that some of his. Colleagues, have and I I. HE admits that will be a new experience for him. I mean he indeed, I mean he's already said that if he does indeed secure the job, he will need the help of Shinzo rb when dealing with foreign policy as you say, it's going to be a different kind of. For in front facing world that the Japan will be pro presenting to following the departure Shinzo. but how much is there a real feeling that will be in the background despite his departure? I. Don't think he'll be in the background in any sensitive as a puppeteer, but I think the aims of his government will be pursued in one thing that's very interesting about sugar is he's not really an ideologue Shinzo had some quite. He had ideological positions are very well known. You know these nationalist positions very concerned to to reformulate the constitution Japan's pacifist constitution. He wanted to change that. Now really saga is not one go on about nationalism in any shape or form he's very pragmatic and everyone says the same thing he doesn't have a lot of charm sorry to say but that that's the the verdict on. Him when he goes into her and he's not dominating the room radiating charisma he looks at the small print and he's he's not really one for schmoozing but he wants to get things done and that's where he will differ from Shinzo obey. But I don't think he'll be grandstanding on the diplomatic
Japan's Prime Minister resigns for health reasons
"It is a week or so since Japan's longest-serving, Prime Minister Shinzo are announced that he would be standing down for health reasons that discreet interval having elapsed those who fancy succeeding him as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and therefore Prime Minister of beginning to make themselves known among the first out of the traps is Yoshi suger currently chief cabinet secretary already seen as the favorite the former foreign, Minister Fumio Kishida and former. Defense. Minister Shapiro she but also like their chances, the decision is due on. September. Fourteenth joining me with more is molecules Tokyo bureau chief. Your New Wilson. Fiona is this the one horse race that some are already calling it? Yes, I'm afraid I think it is amazing. Things have happening over the last couple of days in Japan you're right there are three key people standing but really the LDP party, the party executives have swung into action and pretty much. So not the race for Soga to win it's going to be very difficult for him to lose the L. TPS. Famously, it's got these factions seven factions and it seems that saga although he only just a matter of hours go announced. His candidacy seems he's already secured. Five of the seven factions. Votes can be quite hard to beat him and yesterday that was an amazing meeting of the Executive Council of the Party and they decided not to bother with the votes from the rank and file, which really sent a clear signal because among the rank and file issue the former defense minister, he's the top choice. He's also the top choice with the public. He pulls much higher than Sukkur and clearly the party Did Not want him to win. So the in a way it's been rigged actually the vote and it's very good news for Soga and not for anyone else standing on that point though if Ishiba is the more popular candidate among the actual Japanese Public Roy is he not seen as more of a contender by the Party grandees? It's interesting. He's been relentless critic of Shinzo Bay and that's one him. No friends he he just does not have enough support within the party and it's a sort of a grudge I suppose you could say he stood against. A couple of times in two, thousand and twelve he stood against obey. He actually won the first round when it was, you know down to the rank and file he won. He lost in the second round when it came down to the the members of the politicians. So he's he's seen as trouble he's criticized throughout he you know I in a natural way he's got plenty to say about what's going on within his own party. He's he's being critical of our based diplomacy. He thinks it's to US centric he he feels that the stimulus packages that she has set the ABA. Policies that he's feels not sustainable in the long term and he's voiced very openly. So he's one no friends within the policy leaders and I think now it's unfortunately for him. It's coming home to roost. So if we are going to have to get used to the idea of your Shahida, suge as the next prime minister of Japan, do we understand yet what sort of prime minister he intends to be? Basically, who is he? Yeah, it's an interesting one I mean. People outside Japan wet name much about him although he's been obeys right hand man throughout since two thousand twelve he's he's the public face of the government. He's the top spokesperson. He's there every day at the press conferences batting off critism of Shinto. Ebbe. There are questions about unfortunate scandals, how how Abbas dealing with the pandemic. It's been super who's dealt with all that. So he is a very, very well known face here. He's. He's sometimes referred to his uncle ray were not not particularly affectionately, but he was the man who revealed the name of the new Japanese era when there's new. The new era begins and we are now in the era of war and he was the man who revealed that on television. So he's sort of got this nickname, but there's not a lot. He's revealed about himself personally in seventy one. Well, when when he came on today his press conference, he pretty much announced exactly what kind of prime minster he'll be, which is continuity Abba he said he'll be dealing with coronavirus. He'll continue with up a NOMEX and he'll continue Abbas diplomatic policy which is based on the US Japan. Alliance and I think that's where he differed from issue who was trying to do the exact opposite really saying. Issue has been saying we need more friends in south. East Asia not so US centric, he doesn't fancy what they call the golf diplomacy the great bromance between trump and pay, which is much spoken of. Not. Sure. How much trump considered it although he did he did tweets that he considered to be Japan's greatest prime minister which prompted much hilarity on twitter to see if anyone could ask trump who was his second greatest pick suspecting that he probably couldn't name and other Japanese prime minister so that that really he's continuity and for some people about important but it seems the public were they wanted a bit of change maybe not a complete revolution. They've maybe would have liked to fresh face, but it looks like it's going to be so good and it's a very short election campaign really starts in the seventh ends on the fourteenth with the Prime Minister being appointed on the sixteenth seventeenth in a special session just finally, and briefly owner is it politically viable for the Liberal Democratic Party just to install him as prime minister and let him crack on there won't be any talk of early general election or anything. There isn't at the moment, but there has to be a general election by next Autumn Anyway twenty, twenty one. This is so. It would be pretty remarkable if he were to come in and immediately call a general election. So I think not. But there are some very dissenting voices I notice the Asahi Shimbun, huge center-left newspaper second-biggest paper. In Japan, remember the circulations are enormous and described this whole process of how suit of being shoehorned into the role as bleak and pathetic. So it's not like There is across the board support for is going to have a bit of a battle with the public. He hasn't actually put a foot wrong so far he said very little. He only announced his candidacy tonight so. We'll see how it turns out but at the moment, it looks like it's going to be business as usual. If, you're on a Wilson in Tokyo Bureau. Thank you for joining
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Resigns Due To Poor Health
"In a parallel universe where things proceed more or less according to plan Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Albay is basking in the glow endowed by triumphant Tokyo Olympics. The games however postponed a while ago for reasons requiring no reiteration, and it now appears that Shinzo Abe's victory lap has also been canceled obey Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister has announced that he is to stand down for health reasons he offered the Japanese people, his apologies for failing to complete his term I'm joined first of all by Monaco Tokyo Bureau Chief Funeral Wilson. Is this announcement is surprise. Well, everybody knows that Shinzo up as being well, it's been rumored for long time. We who's been in hospital a couple of times in the last fortnight. So that's not the surprise I. Think the rapid resignation did come as a surprise to many people including people quite close to you know there was a Cabinet Office meeting this morning and I think that really. has taken a lot of journalists who follow the story pretty closely by surprise when he explained why he said simply that you know he's he's had a recurring bout of. Ulcerative colitis which he's had since he was a teenager, he said it's not going to get better without some serious medication and you felt that that made it impossible for him to continue. Is there any cause at all to be cynical about this? It's not untidily on heard of four politicians for whom things are not going well to plead ill health. No doubt people will say that I mean his excuse for the timing was that. It's a corona virus pandemic. We all know that he said number going down slightly for winter is coming and going to be another. Whatever wave we're up to. There's also going to be seasonal flu and he felt that it was time to to pass the baton. You know you've got a new diet sessions coming up possible reshuffle. It just was a very packed schedule ahead and he said that he just felt his health was not to it and he wouldn't be doing right by the Japanese people he stayed in his position. How Japanese media generally reporting this? What kind of tone does the coverage of? Well I. Think it's. Absolutely blanket coverage his speech was live everywhere. I think, yes, we had to notice surprise. You know they say it's a sad fact in politics that once you've announced your resignation, the big discussion as well who's going to take over so that's really where it's going. Now I think the analysis about his legacy and he was asked about his legacy actually the press conference. And he was quite frank about that. That that will come in the next few days. But at the moment, the big big issue is who's going to take over him. He's from him. He said he'll stay in power until somebody takes over and I think they're now you know trying to quickly get some kind of election together it may not be conventional Lt P. Presidential election may not involve all the local Party members. It might just be the Diet members, the two houses and So that's that's the big question who's going to take over the does kinda preempt. The final question I was going to put to you do we actually know yet? The likeliest next Prime Minister of Japan. Well hundred we don't there lots of candidates, lots of potential Kansas pluses and minuses to all of them I think a lot of people look looking at some very, very reliable solid candidates, Yoshihiko suge who's been chief cabinet secretary absolutely loyal up a stalwart for years he seen as a safe pair of hands and heavily being backed by the LP secretary general Mr Nikai who's WHO's extremely Influential behind the scenes, his name won't be known too many people but he's very very important. He's one of the names you've got Fumio Kishida policy chief of the L.. DP? He's been a foreign minister. He may be a little bit considered a bit too dovish. They said bit too soft on some of the constitutional issues on China and Ibar who has been a longtime rival of. Shinzo Abbas. Maybe. This will finally be his time. People are saying he has a loss of local of grassroots support and he he could finally see his moment. Now
That history should not repeat: Hiroshimas storytellers
"Seventy, five years ago, this week, the B twenty, nine, bomber, Nola gay dropped little boy, the world's first use of an atomic weapon. At Eight fifteen in the morning of August six Japanese time. The first atomic thumb has done enemy talk. It detonated over. Hiroshima immediately killing around one hundred and forty. Thousand People I'm was aimed to explode about zero point. In the city at the junction of. Untold River. Three days later, another stroke sake. As Japan marks the anniversary, it hopes to keep the wartime memories alive using the stories of people who survived the attacks. On all. Holland. But the average age of survivors is now over eighty three. But those. This'll be the last chance to hear from those witnesses during a major anniversary. August sixth nineteen forty five was supposed to be a day off for seventeen year old. Takeo to Toco. No Snyder is the economists Tokyo Bureau chief. She had made plans to meet two girlfriends at eight fifteen owning at a train station on the west side of Shema. She was running late, and then she stepped outside, she saw flash and heard a bang. Which you regained consciousness, she found herself lying thirty meters away a mushroom cloud rising over the city. People with charts skin peeling from their arms rushing over a nearby hillside. Mr K. Ohka left's to look for her mother. and. Found rivers filled with bodies took her six days to locate her mom who is still miraculously alive. Mom lived for another twenty two years. We stuck ohka became a prominent voice amongst the hypocrisy shower, atomic bomb survivors, atomic sufferers. Telling Her story abroad many times in hopes of preventing atomic bombs from ever being used again. I heard this tale from her daughter. He got no. Mario. Who's part of a fascinating unique project underway in both your Sima Nagasaki to help preserve the stories, of Hypoxia, for generations to come to, how does this project work? So there are still some hundred and thirty thousand living. inbox. Amiss. Gone. But their average age is now over eighty three and the number who can tell their stories publicly is declining drastically. Just. You got the fact that could have done this. So the city government's in both fishermen sake have been recruiting scores of volunteers like music Otieno to become what they call dense Shosha or legacies successors. These are essentially memory keepers, people who learned the stories of the hypoxia down to the most gruesome details in order to be able to retell them with power and veracity for years into the future do. So the volunteers in, Hiroshima, have to go through a rather rigorous course, three years of study training discussion with hypoxia before they're allowed to retell the stories in public. Ms Higashi, no is somewhat unusual in that. She inherited own story, most of the Dan Shosha, take on a stranger's burden. And it simply because that's that generation of of survivors passing that the these city governments have started this program. Yeah, it is. It's really reflective of the anxiety that many people in here, C.`mon, Nagasaki and throughout Japan feel about fading wartime memories I'm what will happen. Once this generation firsthand witnesses passes away the city governments and the peace museums. Atomic bomb museums in both cities have been collecting and recording testimony for many years. But this then social program is away, they hope to preserve these memories in living form to retain the emotional impact. The comes from searing these stories from another human being. and. So where does this fit in with the the wider of up the bombing of of the war in Japan? For Japan, the Hiroshima Experience became central to wartime memory and park has some scholars have argued because it allows victim narrative to dominate shifting the focus away from the atrocities Japanese soldiers committed abroad in Asia and the Pacific certainly oaks in China and Korea have bristled at the lack of context that some of the retailing's of the aroma and Nagasaki experiences or trey. and. If you look at Japan today, it's of course, wrestling a new with the legacy of the Second World War and its aftermath in particular the constitution that America imposed on Japan after the war, which renounces war bars Japan from maintaining armed forces. In practice, Japan does maintain a powerful military which it calls the Self Defense Forces and its Prime Minister Obey Shinzo years has hoped to change the constitution to revise the constitution in order to make explicit that Japan's military is constitutional and and perhaps to expand the limits of what they're allowed to do. Curiously, the public still supports maintaining the postwar constitution. So in short pacifism is still deep seated in today's Japan. and. What about the the the effort of auction others to to learn the lessons of the second. World War d? How does nuclear non-proliferation look at this stage from where you are. Well. This is another source for concern. Of course, non-proliferation efforts in recent years have been faltering just this January. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. It's doomsday clock. It's subjective measure of our proximity to self-annihilation closer to midnight than anytime since its establishment in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, seven, the hawks are are pleased and take solace in the signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in two, thousand, seventeen, it invokes there unacceptable suffering in its preamble and a nod to how the memory of interesting Nagasaki continues to shape non-proliferation efforts globally yet at the same time, no country with nuclear weapons has signed up to that treaty neither has Japan in fact, which shelters under America's nuclear umbrella. And, and how does that sit with Hypoxia at this stage at this anniversary being marked. I spoke with US Akihiko the governor of the prefecture, and he expressed the view that I heard from many others both your seem sake, which was a wish that Japan would use its moral authority as the only victim of atomic weapons to push harder for their abolition. The hypocrisy. Have Long gramps and spoken about abolishing the bomb before the last houses away. Just to make the do. You call. You can. That's unlikely. But the hypocrisy hope that their stories at the very least. Deter the world from ever using his weapons again. Thank you very much for your time. Thank you very much for having me.
Tokyo raises Covid-19 alert to highest amid spike in cases
"In Zurich Seven, twenty, two here in London Tokyo has raised its corona virus level to its highest in response to the number of cases, spiking the city's governor held a news conference, in which he held aloft a red and orange card to colors, which indicate the seriousness of the threat, but I'll Tokyo Bureau chief Wilson joins me now with more welcome back view now I'm tell us what's happening where you are. Yeah. That's right Governor Koi K. Yesterday. raise the level to the highest level to read I. Think for most people in Tokyo. It's very difficult to interpret. It's a really symbolic system of guidelines that really don't. They have no binding force I think what people are really looking at is how the infection numbers doing and the news just coming in now they'll be two hundred eighty around two hundred and eighty record to stay, which would actually be a record for Tokyo. So I think that's the number that people will be looking at I. Think the governor. Qweik's alert system has has honestly not been that helpful. Those people don't quite understand what it means. The guidelines came out in May originally. When when the state emergency was lifted, they were revised in June and it's partly to do with the shift in in in how the virus is is affecting people now the first wave of ours with affecting more older people this time it's younger people asymmetric. And what governor? Governor quick as saying what we really need to focus on now is. Can the health system coke? So that's what these guidelines are referring to it. Saying is the health system on depression, which it seems that it is, and she said that the trying to secure I think nearly three thousand. That's people who have mild symptoms ever. Do we know where this the spread of the disease is coming from? You mentioned the fact that it is young people now who are turning up with positive tests. Yeah I mean they've certainly be mentioning a lot about nightlife small balls. They been people working ball state. They've been co opted to making video. Saying this is how we're going to do business from now on. We're not drinking from the same bottle. I mean the mind boggles. That was going on anyway, but they've said that going to. Enforce these. Practices just so that customers surprise and there's been a cluster in certain areas of Tokyo. It's not just Tokyo. The areas around Tokyo that have. Always had a similar kind of. Trajectory for the virus Kinda go fight Chiba. And also all soccer in the fall west of Japan, so that that's one area, but they're also actually rather love untraceable infections that something I know, the Governor Koi case worried about so that's why she she said situation she she's referred to severe, and European, wouldn't be considered that the compared to numbers in Europe, but certainly hair it's it's considered pretty bad at the moment. No businesses as far as I can gather, have been asked to close and what you described. There are people not sharing bottles does sound rather. Astonishing, giving the level of sort of lockdown at the rest of the world is experiencing and still is experiencing. Is there a sense that now? The the the authorities in Tokyo are really getting in control of this thing, or is that still a sense is Estela gap between what should be done or anything? People think should be done what people are actually doing. Well. I mean there's always been this issue. That nothing is `binding in Intercon? It's always about advising people cautioning them asking them and what's happened. Is Japan that people are quite happy to do that? We don't see any of this problem with people refusing to end loss, there's not that people are extremely cautious. The the the sharing of book was I'm sure rating most people here as well so I think people have really really got hold of the situation. You know as a group among saying Tokyo if you look around everyone. The for example, people are very cautious to kind of being built in now. Kids about school, but they're all very socially distance wearing masks so that there is already built in I. Think you know what goes what happens from now is it's really difficult to predict because governor Taylor last month, said you know infections go by fifty a day. We'll have to think about dozing businesses again now. We're already at two hundred and eighty today so clearly. It's not that straightforward. It's a much more. More complex situation you know, how and as I said it's, it's different group of people now because the eysenck domestic, then not needing the hospital beds that were were really ought to pressure in April. When when the when the pandemic was was thought to peaks, actually so it slightly different situation. Now we're now also in a situation and the time when tourism should be really at the heart of what's happening in Japan. We should be in the middle of the Olympics notwithstanding but. The central government has. been trying to boost domestic, tourism. It's come up against some rather understandable opposition hasn't at namely from those who would be receiving visitors from the likes of Tokyo where there. Is this this this outbreak? Absolutely I mean that's a campaign called the go-to travel campaign which the government launched, it was supposed to be August actually that started, but they've brought it forward to twenty second of July which should have been the long weekend that launched the the Olympics. It was supposed to be a holiday weekend. We don't know the Olympics, but we still have the holiday weekend and she. Has Launched his campaign, which will basically encourage people to trouble ever Japan? They'll be heavily subsidized. You've got money back on travel hotels from September. You'll get voucher to spend wherever you go, so it's. It's really encouraging people to move around on the reaction. It'd be very bright, mixed some areas already welcoming it that that very keen to get travelers, but some places. It walked in the north of Japan where they've had no cases. Just said now is not the time, but then don't particularly wanting this to happen, so. It really varies from from prefect prefecture, but I think there's lots of nervousness and I can say that I have traveled a little bit in Japan and the last couple of weeks and I can certainly say that people are not about through to see anyone from Tokyo coming into rural areas at the moment. Even if you're masked up that that very concern Tokyo is, the numbers are much higher than anywhere else and the loss of concerned about people from Tokyo. Particularly traveling around the country, and what is it? Do you think that will reassure people that? There are calls for stronger testing measures and tracing measures to be carried out. Then both like I said that maybe one thing they do is they actually offer free tests? If not reassurance, people you know the to show that these tourists do not have a virus. I think it also shows that the pressure on Shinto be how difficult it will be opened the country up to. International travelers you know all the measurements really hard to persuade people to travel within Japan, so it is difficult, and and you know these number very public, and you know people will see the news today
Top Tokyo prosecutor to resign after virus breach
"We had now to Japan where Tokyo's top prosecutors expected to resign after a report that he gambled illegally during Japan's corona virus state of emergency the lanky resignation of hero Mukalla. The chief of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor's Office was reported by the Broadcaster Nature and eight K and other Japanese media now the resignation would be a blow to prime minister. Shinzo Arbi who support has been hit over his handling of the pandemic. Let's head to Japan straightaway to hear from our Tokyo Bureau. Chief Funeral Wilson Fiona. Welcome back to the program. Can you bring us up to date with the latest on this please? Now the sounds like a fairly obscure story. Unless you're really following it but Harumi Kurokawa has been the source of Immense publicity recently in Japan now. He's Yep Tokyo's top public prosecutor. He should've retired. Sixty three should have retired in January. He's allowed to stay in office so already. There were a few rumblings. He seemed to be very close to Shinzo Abe and suddenly in the midst of this Corona Virus Pandemic Shinzo obey presents bill to the Diet which would extend the age that prosecutors can work and there were rumors that Kirk. Our might be line to be prosecuted general and with this revision to the current law. It would have meant. He could have stayed in office till he was sixty eight and already that was causing a huge amount problems. Millions of people tweeting about literally that about five million tweets when we talked about it and this has just emerged that he was playing Mahjong with some journalists this month. When people shouldn't have been making any are not essential journeys and also gambling which is illegal in Japan. So I mean double the reason and of course. It was very obvious that he would have to go. And I I think he will be going shortly. It seems like a a series of pretty simple areas. I don't gamble second. Don't break social distancing laws and if you're going to do it don't do it in front of don't do it in front of a bunch of journalists But it does seem like something that could actually damage since. Shinzo Abe's reputation couldn't it? I mean already has massively the idea of introducing. This bill revising this at at this point was incredibly unpopular. It was as if he maybe no one will notice while the pandemic going on everyone did notice. It was extremely unpopular and people were saying. Please don't do this. It completely unnecessary now and I think his closeness to Shinzo Bakery. Cows closeness was bad news because one of the jobs the prosecutor general potentially is to investigate the prime minister if there is seem to be any wrongdoing so obviously too much in between the two of those too much closeness and he would not have been a popular choice anyway so I think many people are curious about the exposure right now the Mahjong story but whatever he has to go
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"And finally on today's briefing. Japan's enemy is more popular than it ever has been. But there are concerns. We had that the industry is struggling, not least, because of the long hours involved and the difficulties of recruiting top artists, one joined with more on this boy funeral Wilson, monocle Tokyo bureau chief funeral this would probably come as a surprise to fans of Japanese anime, or even people who understand what a big deal anime is in Japan both as an internal and external cultural force doesn't everybody wants to work in it. Well, everybody wants to watch in Japan. But it turns out they want to work in it, and I think that's where the contradiction is. There's a huge audience anime, and I was looking at the facts and figures. I mean at the last count it was it was about twenty billion dollars a year. That's industry is worth. So it's we're talking huge amounts of money. And if you look at the top grossing films in Japan of all time, most of them all enemy. So I it. It's very much very relevant medium, and people really want sit. But the problem is that the it's very labor intensive the production of anime and young people don't fancy, the very, very long hours, the low pay and the working conditions just aren't appealing to people, so there is a fear that in future. There may not be enough people to actually make these films that everyone wants to see is reflective of a generational shift in attitudes to work in Japan. Because one of the other things apart from animal that Japan is proverbial, four is incredibly long, working hours to which most people seem reasonably willing to submit. Yeah. Yeah. I mean I was a bit surprised because there are many other industries, you could say architecture, for example, where young people wanting to break into the industry, pretty much have to accept that they put a sleeping bag onto their desk, and they just work their socks off for the first few years. And eventually, they go up the ladder a bit. But it seems that it is quite difficult to get people in and I was looking at the studio jubilee website in studio. Ghibli is the most famous animation studio in Japan. It's made all the big hits spirited away. House, moving castle, my neighbour Totoro. You know, they they are calling for young people. They're all the vague on the detail as in hours. They definitely did mention those and in terms of salary just dependent on experience. So that definitely looking for young animators, and I've been to studio Ghibli. It's not like slave conditions but it is the kind of job you have to sit a desk for hours, basically some people are still doing a lot by hand. Some people are at computers, but it's really really labor intensive. And I think there's enough of a pool. For the industry that there isn't a crisis right now. I think people are thinking, what happens ten years down the road always, we still going to have enough, really good animators and, you know, I think at the moment is it's okay and we've got this. You know, my call Shing-kai is the great hope of the Japanese animation industry. He made this film called your name in two thousand sixteen which is just such a runaway hit slightly unexpectedly. And he's got film coming out this year. I saw a trailer for the other night at the cinema, and you know, people are genuinely excited about that. So I think there's a feeling that he sort of carries the torch for the the creativity in the future of the industry. I mean, I will admit that my appreciation of the KOMO mix of the industry is unsophisticated, but whatever I read, not just inanimate anywhere else of employers lamenting that they're having difficulty attracting people because of low pay..
Why Did Japan's Emperor Abdicate?
"Now, our main story this morning, the abdication of Japan's Emperor Akihito Peter Landers is our Tokyo bureau chief so Peter who is Emperor Akihito tell me a little bit about him. And why did he decide to abdicate Emperor Akihito's eighty five years old? He was eleven and a half about when World War Two ended. So he did experience a little bit of the war and had to escape to the countryside. Because Tokyo was being bombed so severely and that really shaped his whole life. He inherited the throne from his father, emperor Hirohito in nineteen eighty nine and has been on this road for thirty years and a big part of his reign has been about remembering the war, and what it did to Japan. What it did to other countries in Asia? He's gone as far as the island of Palau in the Pacific to commemorate the war dead and remember some of the battles of the war. And at eighty five years old he was suffering from. Lining health. Although he still is in fairly good health for a man of his agent is able to walk around and attend ceremonies speak and so on so he's in relatively good health for a man of eighty five but several years ago after having been hospitalized for prostate matter. And so on maybe cut that breast that it was president but several years ago after some health troubles. He told the nation in a sort of indirect way that he felt it was his time to to abdicate and a law was passed allowing him to do so. And so on may I the throne will pass to his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito about Nara told what's he like he is a very mild mannered fellow from all accounts plays the viola. He studied the history of river transport at Oxford University in the nineteen eighties. And. So and he has an has expressed an interest in in global affairs, and it was interesting to read the transcript of his press conference a year ago when he was asked about events in the news that have made an impression, and he cited a very specific figure for the number of refugees in the world and talked about global conflicts that were increasing the number of refugees, and he mentioned this year that he would like his wife ground prince's Moscow. The next empress to take a greater role in in helping him talk about some of these issues and address them. So I think he'll bring a more global perspective to the throne. There's been some criticism in Japan that the current rules don't allow for a woman to take the throne. It seems to come in contrast to prime minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to try and get more women in the workforce. Yes, it's an obvious contradiction with prime minister Abbas policy, he talks about a society. A women can shine. And yet here is the symbol of the nation. And only a man can shine in that role under the current law.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Curator
"I don't think you'd see that anywhere else. I think the key thing. Trust is the key over there in such small country. Everyone's pretty much everyone's the feeling that they own the same boat. And that everyone is kind of like, you know, on a say mission to improve society over there. So you actually trust officials, and I'm always wondering whether that is because of trust or whether it is because finish mentality. You know, we respect authorities. But I think that somehow linked to the success of the Finnish education system as well. I think finish kids in general awkward could listeners when it comes to listening to teach us don't question too, many things which may actually make things sometimes bit easier. It is quite interesting because everyone that we spoke to in the government also seem to take that responsibility. Really really seriously. They said, you know, we understand people trust us, and we are basically, we're not gonna mess this up. Like, we're we're very careful with all this information. And what we do. We don't want to abuse this because we want to keep that trust in government. There was you there tone conversation of Marcus hippie. And Magon Gibson. And now for another special forecast dishes of the daily I mean there so good. So we decided to play another highlight from those shows. Japan's rugby World Cup gets underway later this year. It's the first time to torment has been held in Asia. So what should we expect? I wanted to know the same Unser face. So I spoke to Monaco's Hong Kong bureau chief James chambers. Who's at big rugby fan and Tokyo bureau chief who knows Japan as well as anyone Fianna Wilson. Definitely welcome with open arms. I think people are excited about this one in obviously the Olympics coming in twenty twenty and not always trumps everything. But I think people quite intrigued by the rugby World Cup because you know, Japan is not a huge rugby nation the brave blossoms of Dame pretty well. But you know, there's a lot of interest historically speed like a small, but very dedicated following this the high school rugby tournament, she's very popular in it. And that always ends up this stadium in cycled hunters on it and that is one of the venues for the World Cup. So. A lot of interest in talking about four hundred thousand people coming and it's quite long event, you know, because of the gaps between the game. So you know, there's going to be six weeks is women and every match will be on live free. Tv the trying to get the biggest audience by trying to build out the audience in Japan. I think so it could maybe take the sport. It could be something of a tipping point domestically perhaps four hundred thousand and one people will be stink. Because James you yourself a heading. I didn't know you big old rugby fan. But with your Welsh heritage, I guess was even it's even worse my dad's a Kiwi mom's, well, so sheep and rugby or. And the fact that I live in Hong Kong, it's only a few hours from from Japan. So there's little chance that I I won't be going for ex pats living in Asia the last couple of years of being amazing in terms of sports and the years to come because we've had the Winter Olympics career it's going to be in Beijing twenty twenty two there's a summer Olympics in Tokyo. And of course, we have the rugby will Cup. So for a lot of us. We're actually prolonging are Asia adventure just to make the most of it. And we should say Hong Kong state is the sevens. Which is a real kind of interesting excising by sporting end sort of soft power because it has a capital beyond in some rugby purists viewed as sort of a bit of a trifle, but it's very impactful in terms of the kind of noise that it makes globally, isn't it? Exactly everyone around the world knows about the Hong Kong sevens. Even though Hong Kong is by no means a sporting powerhouse. And every March it is on the calendar as the the place you want to be like, the the the groom pre and in Singapore. It's one. Those premier level sporting events. And isn't it very interesting time to be in Hong Kong, the place goes rugby mad, and it's quite nice that you see all of these kind of aging dads are in their fifties..
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KQED Radio
"The year in books we review some twenty eight teams best that's Monday on the PBS news hour. Join us for the review and other news of the day coming up at three the PBS NewsHour on Kikuchi public radio coming right up after the world. Good afternoon to you on Monday. I'm Dave Freeman. I'm Carol hills. And this is the world the man who turned Nissan into one of the world's most profitable, automakers will greet the new year from Japanese jail cell. Carlos gone has been behind bars since November facing allegations of financial misconduct, Monaco. Rich is Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times, and she co wrote an expose of gone. Motoko hurls gone was like a huge deal. And now he's sitting in a ten by sixteen foot, sell what happened here? Well, like, you said he was a huge corporate star here. He basically came and rescued Masan. It was on the brink of bankruptcy back in nineteen ninety nine. And he kind of turned it around. He performed us would've western style restructuring, he laid off a large proportion of the staff. He cuts suppliers and he brought it back from the brink of death, basically and turned it into the number two carmaker after Toyota in Japan. And so he was riding high for very long time. And he was in charge of the company for almost twenty years. And as time went on one of the issues that was a big sticking point for him was his pay. He felt he wasn't paying enough. Basically that he wasn't paid comparably to automotive executives in the United States any her up, and he wanted to be paid more and what is alleged? She did was that he worked with a compatriot. Greg Kellyanne a small group confidence within Assan to structure a deferred pay programs that he would get paid after his. Tire -ment what tipped off authorities and landed him in a jail cell. Well, there was a whistleblower within Nissan, and this whistle blower and internal auditor started getting suspicious about a couple of things one. They had found evidence that he had the company make commitments that they would pay him like eighty million dollars after retirement, and there was an internal investigation that sound evidence that a subsidiary that was supposed to be investing in startups. For thing was like auto driving and new technologies for cars and actually being used to buy properties for the personal use of Carlos and his family. And so those results were turned over to prosecutors in Japan who then arrested him, and it was all kind of done very, stealth Lee. He flew to Japan thinking that it was coming for a board meeting and prosecutors arrived at the airport and surrounded the corporate jet soon after he landed and took him into custody and arrested him what is going say. Well, he hasn't been allowed to speak directly. He has been in a Tokyo detention centre since November nineteenth, and he's only allowed to see his Japanese lawyer and diplomats from the three consulates our embassies for which he hold citizenship. That's Brazil, Lebanon, and France he hasn't been allowed to speak to any family members or even the lawyers in the United States who are representing him. So his Japanese lawyer that he denies the charges, but he hasn't been able to speak directly. So it's clear he's a big deal in the auto industry. But but personally who is Carlos gone. What's your sense of him? Well, he's an internationalist. He pushed boundaries from the beginning. He is known for being very aggressive and very charismatic. He was very positive. Japan when he first turned this on a round. I mean, there was a whole series of manga comics made about his life people would swarm him for autographs business executives wanted to know where he got sunglasses in his custom-made suit. So he really cut a very powerful and enigmatic figure when he was here in Japan in the early days, then he sort of started to spend more time away from Japan. First of all he was also CEO and chairman of Reynaud, the French company, which currently owns a forty three percents stake in this on. He also became chairman of Mitsubishi Motors after that company was Japanese carmaker was brought into alliance with Nissan and Renault. They also spend a lotta time traveling and going to appearing at various conferences around the world. I think he felt very comfortable in this sort of global elite Carlos gone is sixty four he was getting ready to retire. Is he likely to spend his retirement in prison? Well, we don't know he's been indicted on one charge. There are two more outstanding investigations continuing. He has not been. Indicted on either one thing, we know about the Japanese criminal Justice system is that once someone is indicted. There's very high rate of convictions something like ninety nine percent of indicted. Defendants are a bench. Actually, convicted that being said there's also fairly high rate of suspended sentences in Japan. So for example, there were three executives from Olympics who were convicted of froth financial fraud in Japan. But they did no prison time because they were given suspended sentences one thing that puzzles me about this is the fact that he could hide if true that he could actually hide compensation. I mean, he's the head of a giant company. It seems like there'd be checks and balances about what a CEO could could do that's one of the big outstanding questions here. As even if he were directing other executives to construct these pay packages for him. How could he have done it alone? The LSU said, it's a huge company. These are securities filings that need to be filed on behalf of the company. So how is it possible? The allegations have initially made it sound as if he conspired with one other person to do this alone. And the question is how. How is that possible? I mean, I think the prosecutors seemed to have addressed that indicted nece on the company itself, but there's still a lot that we don't know that we're trying to get to the bottom of who knew what when and why this all occurred Motoko rich is the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times, thanks, Monaco. Thanks so much for having me twenty eighteen has been let's just say a challenging year here on earth. So what's up in space on New Year's Eve and New Year's day? Twenty nine thousand nine hundred NASA's new horizons space probe will explore the farthest world's ever explored in history. Allan stern is the chief scientist for the new horizons mission as the one that took those incredible pictures of Pluto in two thousand fifteen well, the mission isn't over new horizons is sailing on through the outer reaches of the solar system. And it's caught sight of an object even farther out is calling it ultimately Tuli, which in Latin means something like a place beyond the known world. And it's. Only about twenty miles in diameter. It's a dwarf planet in what's called the Cooper belt. That's a huge ring of ice and rocky debris. Pluto is part of it. And ultimately is one billion miles farther out on Tuesday. New horizons will attempt a fly by of ultimately and hopefully being pictures back to earth. Allen stern says seeing it up close will hopefully answer lots of questions. We're trying to understand the origin of the planets and the object that we're gonna fly by is a frozen time capsule from the era of the birth of our planet's scientists are hoping data from ultimate Tuli will help them figure out how planets are born. But they're actually not certain they'll get that data. This is a tough law by it's much tougher than the exploration of Pluto. You think about it? We're a billion miles further out the light levels are lower. So the instruments restraining in the target is a hundred times smaller than Kudo and harder to navigate to new horizons will only get one chance to aim its instruments. And ultimately, and it's traveling so fast, it could get knocked out by a particle the size of a grain of rice. Nasa won't know if the mission is successful until six hours after the fly by that's how long it will take the first data to reach earth after that mission. Scientists haven't even grander vision. We are going to fly out of the solar system altogether. We have about twenty years of power left. We have plenty of fuel the space healthy, and we're gonna propose to NASA to go on exploring.
Kanji of the year reflects disasters that battered Japan in 2018
"Into the next year because I mean, given that this one means disaster or misfortune, that's sort of feels like a bit of an unfortunate way to start off the new year. Summing up of the year and Japan is had an extraordinary year. We've had typhoons incredible heat wave in the summer. And there have been financial scandals the economy contracted, I think people just felt this this current to really either let's put that year to bed. It's it's not about looking into the future. You know? I mean last year's character was north Kita and that was about North Korea, which dominated the news agenda at that point. So it's just really a reflection of what what is being about people being talking about an and and it's been a succession of sorry to say, but has been a succession of disasters. So I mean, you've this one's obviously not not a great one last year's also contents. Have we seen many is chosen that have actually been quite positive quality? Cheerful. They didn't have to be cheerful. I think there's something quite sort of poetic about it. You know, people are not afraid of the the the disaster. It it sort of some things up quite nicely. So I don't think people will see it as a bad thing. And you know. In fact, I think really it means that we're looking forward to the next year and every year people get quite interested in this thing. And I think you know, across Japan, people do want to know, you know, I think they did vote for it. So they they also agree. So for them, it seems quite as sort of a positive and the early well facing the facts copy such a bad thing. Then as long as that's what we're doing monocle Tokyo bureau chief Yona Wilson, thanks for joining us here on the briefing that does bring us to the end of today's program. It was produced by Reese, James and researched by your lingo fan Gabrielle, della Santi, a Nick money's I'll studio manager was Sarah miles. Now, do join us full the briefing at the very same time tomorrow, I'll be back with you for that program as well. And due to union to Midori house today that's live at eighteen hundred here in London thirteen hundred if you're listening in New York, I'm Ben Ryland. That's the briefing by for now.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: Midori House
"Monocle has bureau around the world in tokyo hong kong singapore london toronto and new york city in tokyo bureau chief is few new wilson bit such a big city but i think also it's just one of these very layered cities most week says something new to keep us interested you know other it's a new development or a new building and new fashion brand there's something about tokyo wants you'll hair and you live here it gets more interesting here from monaco's editors and correspondents on the stories that matter on the places that every everyday on monocle twenty four you're back with madari house with me under melissa with me i'm michael goldfarb and quinton peel now no serious person disputes the recent lodge scale migration across the mediterranean is a problem however plenty of non serious people have made considerable political capital these past few years of playing as an existential threat to various western policies in italy such opportunists now constitute the government and therefore able to expect their ideas on the subject be listened to new italian prime minister just said becomes a made his pitch at the weekend roughly the zillions conclave a you leaders convened to consider the matter quinton how much assumption of good faith should we extend italy's new government on this school it's really tough to get it right because italy has a huge problem with migration and really we should follow should have been done to help italy up to now as a result we've got in in in power knits le at least half of the government who are viscerally opposed to 'immigration and are prepared to do some very unpleasant things about it which actually does it it really does mean that europe has been cooled out by not getting on with it quicker i we're gonna have to find a solution in europe as a ho which does help those frontier frontline countries like it's an a light greece malta spain who are getting all the brunt of this and yet that's precisely what over northern countries don't want to do they just want to force the problem back down to the geographic safe and let us not forget that great britain is actually if you like the biggest defender of all in say it's not a problem to hell it can stay on the other side of the channel michael leaving aside anything we may think about italy's new government do they have a case when they say that because of the g geographical reality of the situation they and grayson spying have had to wear the brunt of this and the rest of europe has not been sufficiently hopeful the absolutely have a case they had a case before this particular government came into office and it's also true in greece and it's true in spain this is not a new problem it's been people have been coming across particularly from libya since the collapse of the regime will be violent yeah via liberal you know it was and you know look i have such a good memory i mean there was a moment about a decade ago when people were getting boats rowboats not just in morocco in crossing the straits of gibraltar but they were getting in little boats in the cape verde islands and coming around the rest of africa and landing in the peninsula that way and every time you have these routes that there's no suppressing it by this point but we should really be done is there should be a cooperative council set up between the eu and african or the african union and they should be have well along the way in creating a plan to deter people from you know trekking through the sahara to the mediterranean ports trying to get in when it's not going to happen and when thousands of people are dying every year i'm happy to be a mediator for this because it really is it seems to me that politicians both in africa and in europe simply aren't getting to grips with this problem and it's a global problem and you know it needs to be addressed because the fact that it hasn't been has has created in europe at least the conditions for the rise of this kind of nationalistic in the case of the.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"In kobe vissel kobe and in yesterday's heading there so today we saw early on in the day photos on social media of in yester coming on mickey tani's private jet over to japan and then this press conference this afternoon absolutely hundreds of journalists are in news basically massive photo what he was asked a few questions he was quite diplomatic what specifically do you like about jeopardy's football and and he was very careful to say i respect japanese football but mickey tani's very interesting he said really yester obviously massively respected player and we want him to have an impact not just on this team in kobe it's on japanese football full stop so he's talking about the ripple effect and you know hoping in yester will will really change the culture the jleague japanese football league has been a bit stale recently no big names and i think mickey tony would like to see in yes to making a big impact and there's talks more big names could follow is that right there is i mean they're now took about fernando torres who's just left athletico madrid you know that there their stories he's been linked to a team in the states and other team in china he's now being linked to a team in japan and there is a story going around his preference is to come to japan i don't know encouraged by yester or not but you know that it's suddenly you sort of the whole thing gets more interesting and you know the world cup coming up you know it's really a good moment to get young japanese people really reignited interest in football again so hopefully i think that will be that will be their plan but you know the the national teams had its problems and it it's a good moment for a big name to arrive in river everyone up i think we shall see what happens in the j league moving forward fiona wilson our tokyo bureau chief thank you here are some of the other stories we're following today.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: Midori House
"Monocle has bureau around the world in tokyo hong kong singapore london toronto and new york city in tokyo bureau chief is fiona wilson bit such a big city but i think it's just one of these very layered cities most weeks there's something new to keep us interested you know other it's a new development or a new building a new fashion brand there's something about tokyo once you'll hear an you live here it gets more interesting if from monaco's editors and correspondents on the stories that matter on the places that everyday on monocle twenty four this is midori house live from london on monocle twenty four i'm daniel beach still with me kathleen burke and jonathan fenby when it comes to merchandizing and maps some places feel more pain than others just ask any new zealander or residents of the australian state of tasmania but in china maps carry extra political clout something the us clothing retailer gap now knows all too well gap apologizing today for what it referred to as an incorrect map of china which appears on t shirts omitting politically contentious territories such as taiwan well marietta and delta are among the corporations who have also apologized this year for how they've referred to taiwan macau and hong kong as has mercedesbenz for quoting tabet and spiritual leader the dalai lama is this just part of doing business in china jonathan following the official party lines yes i mean the the official poverty line has made it politic doing business in china.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on BBC Radio 4
"There's been pomp and ceremony the red carpet historic handshake kim jong un has become the first north korean leader to set foot in the south his talks with south korea's president moon continuing on the border between the two countries and a summit with president trump is expected to follow either next month or in june will defy field is the tokyo bureau chief for the washington post and she's there at the border to cover these talks what will washington most wanted to know about them well washington will want to know what exactly north korea's kim jong un has to say about denuclearization so far we have had the south korean saying that the north korean leader is prepared to discuss denuclearization but what exactly that means you know we still don't know and the two sides and north korean side and the american side may and probably do have very different ideas about what that term means historically the us has wanted north korea to dismantle its entire nuclear program and to have that verified by international inspectors whereas north korea has said that at once a mutual armsreduction protests and all americans troops gone from the peninsula so there's a big difference between that and i think today from this summit we can expect the two korean leaders to come out talking in very vague terms about a willingness to discuss these issues but burt enough on the positive side for it to be worth president trump meeting him yes absolutely i think we've seen kim jong un today on a real charm offensive with the south korean president coming forward there and warmly shaking his hand at smiling even cracking jokes between the two of them so he's really trying to show a positive gesture towards the.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And you're with the world thanks for joining us we start on the golf course symbolically speaking anyway because today president donald trump meets with japanese prime minister shinzo obey in florida the start of a two day retreat for the leaders at maralago both men are avid golfers they played together at trump's club and in japan but this time the mood the agenda and what's domestically on both men's plates it all looks very different earlier today i spoke with motoko rich the tokyo bureau chief for the new york times and i asked her about what trump and ave are planning to get done well their original purpose was as you may remember donald trump surprised the world when he announced he had accepted an invitation from north korea's leader kim jong un took meet him somewhere and speak with him and immediately after hearing this news prime minister ave decided he needed to get to washington and talk to trump to make sure that the agenda that they had asli been kind of walking lockstep in which was to continue to apply pressure to north korea to urge the regime to declare is was still in place so that was the original reason why he wanted to go obviously as with the every day of this administration a number of other events have occurred including the fact that japan did not get an exemption from the steel tariffs that don trump announced the transpacific partnership from which donald trump withdrew the united states within his first week of taking office the eleven remaining countries signed an agreement and then turley recently donald trump said he wanted to reopen it and see if he will consider us joining so there's a lot on their plates now to.
Japan PM, finance minister under fire over suspected cover-up of cronyism
"And thirty cents announced juliet japan's government says names were removed from documents pertaining to a land scandal investigation last year ed baxter is covering all the glaciers global news in our bloomberg nine sixty san francisco newsroom ed right your juliet this threatens distract from programs of prime minister obeys promoting now this is finance minister tara also admits that a member or members of his staff deleted his name long without a prime minister abi and his wife ave telling reporters had an investigation will continue to try to get to the bottom of south semitic says i think finance minister also should be taking the responsibility for this bloomberg tokyo bureau chief brian fowler says the overriding issue question is though if this scandal continues and deepens does it start to four says ignatius from the ave cabinet and does that then undermine ave nam and that's that's what we're waiting to to see l e p is standing firmly behind prime minister ave also also signed today will cooperate with investigating the documents and that his responsibility to get the bottom of what happened house panel investigating russian meddling in the two thousand sixteen us election found it did interfere but there was no evidence of collusion with the trump campaign over the objections of democrats it is shut the investigation down democrats say was canceled because the republicans didn't want to call high profile trump confidence complaints is that they're they have not exhausted all the potential witness mrs to this as well as the fact that several who has been brought before the committee have refused to answer questions some total of four the republicans for the trump administration he can say that the house has said no collusion correct that's correct and democrats will have a chance to respond britain's prime minister theresa may demanding russia explain itself and the chemical murder of former spy living in the uk federation must immediately provide full and complete disclosure as the nafi chuck program to the organization for the prosecution of chemical weapons and it has requested the russian government's response by the end of tomorrow she says if not it'd be considered illegal use of forest by russia within the uk in the realm of porn star stormy daniels real names stephanie clifford.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"I'm ben tune in weekly to the bulletin with ubs pearl the latest insights and opinions from ubs and experts from around the world well it's seven thirty four here in london sixteen 34 in tokyo the start of a new year always brings a fresh wave of optimism for having a crack at some of the world's most challenging geopolitical conduct conundrums japan living in the shadow of the erratic nuclear power north korea will be hoping for justice and that neither kim jongun nor donald trump puts their finger in any big buttons that might be nearby but as monaco's tokyo bureau chief recently explains dealing with north korea's a neighbor is more of an everyday reality to japan rather than the dramatic takes that we often hear obiang's in the west while she joins monocle tom edwards henry shared and charles mcfarland for look ahead to two thousand eighteen in her region on this sunday's monocle weekly i mean oversee neither of various missiles being lobbed from north korea very close to japan i mean actually in japanese waters an people calling me out from london say all you okay in and obviously here we were talking about the uh the baseball result so in japan i mean people are really i think pragmatic has a good way of putting it north korea has been troubled for years if course it stepped up a lot last year but now i think it said that the perspective is very different now i mean the japanese government shinzo abate deafening he likes to play up as much as possible at suits his agenda it suits his desire to rewrite the constitution ramp up the military and if you saying oh you've got this threatening neighbor an old makes more sense and i think whenever these missiles got thrown up the jail system which is when your mobile phone goes crazy when other things about to happen they talked about that a lot last year and it it really kind of kicked into action and yeah actually in the office in in the monaco bureau i have to say to people anyone feet again a thing about the latest missile people don't even while they don't notice but they it's not quite as dangerous uh it doesn't really affect daily lives as much as you'd think i want to hear about how remarkably sanguine colleagues or over in the bureau.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Stepped in and and really slapped them about and i would think also that the expression of media elsewhere has been one of the muezzin and bill thanks very much for joining me at i ubs has over nine hundred investment analyst it from over one hundred different conference in over nine hundred of the sharpest moines's and freshest thinkers in the world of finance today no one was small been no one knows small and find out how we can help you contact us yesterday car stay one step ahead of the breaking news people are saying look enough is enough the middleclass getting squeezed in squeezed in squeezed the rich are getting richer and uh they're saying look this is not a fair gay industryleading insights from our experts when tech companies have problems they can get a sounds very quick black black not care no the companies they used to be but both were invincible nokia of boasted that they would one of the fed's companies on the planet to sell one billion of that product and catch up with molecules bureau around the world every weekday at noon london side keep your appointment with the briefing one monocle 24 hmm it sixteen sixteen in tokyo's seven sixteen here in london on it's time to conclude our series on christmas traditions now we're off to japan monaco's tokyo bureau chief john wilson is on the line no fiona japan has quite a strange traditional christmas day doesn't it can you explain well you know the learned of great cuisine really ah let or hang loose on christmas day and party three point six million families a buying a kentucky fried chicken and this is a phenomenon be going on since the 70s japan it you have to remember christmas day is not a holiday in japan is a working day the no tradition in a onepercent population is christian so really christmas is other amazing decorations fantastic light's that just isn't really a christmas tradition and kentucky fried chicken you have to handed them they arrived in japan and 19 seventy they came here for the osaka expo and and then a few years later what can we do to to make.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KQED Radio
"To their bases ought to their homes so they are not allowed to go out in public and then allowed to drink any way even at home now they've banned alcohol for troops in japan before though it work last time i mean you have tens of thousands of troops on various japanese islands were used to going out to drink in the holidays are coming up that's right if we don't know exactly how long the last bend lasted but it was about amongst but clearly you know when things go back to normal that you know incidents like this can happen so i think people will say it's not enough what the us is doing last time and this is all happening against the backdrop of locals not being happy with shouldering the burden of us troops on okinawa in the first place there are plans in the works to move one of the us air bases from a heavily populated area to a more remote region in the northern part of the main okinawan island do these accidents complicate those plans at all they shoulder adding many okinawans say that day unfairly shoulder the burden of the us alliance with japan okay now what makes up only one percent of the japanese land mass but has about sixty four percent of the american bases in japan so they many people including this governor are opposed to the idea that this marine corps air station will be moved within the prefecture they wanted moved to mainland japan they say enough is enough so accidents and incidents like the only way increase that opposition and complicate the us efforts to move the base within okinawa and worshiper you'll be keeping an eye on at anna fifield is the tokyo bureau chief for the washington post and she joined us via skype thank thana thanks for having me lace you're listening to all things considered from npr news this fall election officials in twenty one states were contacted by the department of homeland security they were told that their election systems had been targeted by russian hacker glass presidential election the security of elections in voting machines is now a matter of national concern and one state is ahead of the game as far as guaranteeing and accurate outcome colorado public radio's awad reports it's kickoff day for colorado's firstever statewide risk limiting election audit and while.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"To make a difference in the life of a child go to sos dash usa dot or a groundbreaking treatment for a rare form of hereditary blindness has moved one step closer to government approval advisers to the food and drug administration are recommending an experimental gene therapy that restores sight to patients with a rare form of hereditary blindness labor congenital amoroso's or lca 17yearold christian gorgino whose voice landed him a spot on america's got talent is one of the first to benefit from the delivery of a correct copy gene to the retina the moon the sun stars at all as sunsets like stunning thing i think the downside is the enormous cost but if the fda approves it would become the first gene therapy in the us for an inherited disease i'm jan johnson the fda has approved a gene therapy for cancer the first to target non hodgkin could lymphomas that estimated seventy two thousand new cases are diagnosed in the us every year i'm christopher and i'm susanna palmer from bloomberg world headquarters as we've been reporting in japan broadcaster nhk is showing an exit polls that prime minister shinzo as ruling coalition may retain its twothirds parliamentary majority in today's general election reinforcing the reasons for the vote cousin nuri takata is bloomberg's tokyo bureau chief pregnant to ave dissolved the lower house of parliament saying that he wanted to eat the public view on a couple of issues including the consumption tax hike and it didn't you could give the fun for that that he wanted to use the money to basically all the younger generation he also mentioned stronger government will be needed in in the face of security threat the rising tension on the korean peninsula a large win for ave coalition would also pave the way for more ultra.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KBOI 670AM
"Decisionmaking they tell the truth with no got no nogo glory neither why they tell the truth that's why it's so easy to keep up with them they don't good old battle and um uh par rake wife think is a little bit different danga's forest instant help because it's a state the territory and they have masol a massive financial problems uh that could affect other states i'm not real sure about that well you recall you're right every everybody understands this is why the media's flailing away at missing big time puerto rico is not a state and and there aren't any pictures of nobody helping down there they're they're just try and they don't know anything other than their greatest hits in the playbook and all they know how to do was recycle them so katrina worked against bush so it's automatically going to work against trump no it won't they still haven't come to grips and the analyst never will a who trump is but more importantly who and what trump is not uh here this is a great illustration this is a story from business insider here's the headline are you ready north korea is apparently so confused by trump that it's asking us experts for help north korea is apparently soul confused by donald trump that it's asking experts for help in understanding and according to a washington post report yesterday government officials have been soliciting via various back channels us experts korean government officials with ties to the republican party for informal talks their number one concern is trump an unnamed analysts told anna fee field the newspaper's tokyo bureau chief they can't figure amount uh this is just where trump wants the guy so the little positively dictator doesn't know what to make a trump why do you think that is is what is.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KARN 102.9
"Decisionmaking they tell the truth no got no quarry neither why they tell the truth that's why it's so easy to keep up with them they don't good old battle and uh uh par rake wife think is a little bit different is forest and some help because it they are not date the territory and they have mathl a massive financial problems uh that could affect other staked i'm not real sure about that well you recall you're right ever everybody understands this is why the media's flailing away at missing big time puerto rico is not a state and end there aren't any pig jews of nobody helping down there they're they're just try and they don't know anything other than their greatest hits in the playbook and all they know how to do was recycle them so katrina worked against bush so it's automatically going to work against trump no it won't they still haven't come to grips and the adelaide them will a who trump is but more importantly who and what trump is not uh here this is a great illustration this is a story from business insider here's the headline are you ready north korea is apparently so confused by trump that it's asking us experts for help north korea is apparently soul confused by donald trump that it's asking experts for help in understanding him according to a washington post report yesterday government officials have been soliciting via various back channels us experts korean government officials with ties to the republican party for informal talks their number one concern is trump an unnamed analysts told anna fee field the newspaper's tokyo bureau chief they can't figure amount uh this is just where trump wants the guy so the little patently dictator doesn't know what to make a trump why do you think that is is what is.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KSFO-AM
"Decisionmaking they tell the truth no got no quarry neither why they tell the truth that's why so easy to keep up with a dog bit old battle and uh uh par rake wife it will definitely danga's forest instant help because it's area now state the territory and they have masol uh massive financial problems that could affect other staked i'm not real sure about that well you you don't want to recall you're right every everybody understands this is why the media's flailing away at missing big time puerto rico is not a state and and there aren't any pictures of nobody helping down there they're they're just try and they don't know anything other than their greatest him hits in the playbook and all they know how to do is recycle them so katrina worked against bush so it's automatically going to work against trump no it won't they still haven't come to grips and the adelaide they ever will a who trump is but more importantly who and what trump is not uh here this is a great illustration this is a story from the business insider here's the headline are you ready north korea is apparently so confused by trump that it's asking us experts for help north korea is apparently soul confused by donald trump that it's asking experts for help in understanding him according to a washington post report yesterday government officials have been soliciting via various back channels us experts korean government officials with ties to the republican party for informal talks their number one concern is trump an unnamed analysts told anna fee field the newspaper's tokyo bureau chief they can't figure amount uh this is just where trump wants the guy so the little patently dictator doesn't know what to make a trump why do you think that is this what is.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on KTRH
"Decisionmaking they tell the truth no got no guo quarry either ally they tell the truth that's why so easy to keep up with them they don't good old battle and um puerto rico i think is a little bit different danga's force and some help because it's area not date the territory and they have masol a massive financial problems uh that could affect other states i'm not real sure about that well you don't want creditor reco you're right every everybody understands this is why the media's flailing away at missing big time puerto rico is not a state and and there aren't any pictures of nobody helping down there they're they're just try and they don't know anything other then there greatest hits in the playbook and all they know how to do was recycle them so katrina worked against bosh so it's automatically going to work against trump no it won't they still haven't come to grips and i know that they ever will a who trump is but more importantly who and what trump is not uh here this is a great illustration this is a story from uh business insider here's the headline are you ready north korea is apparently so confused by trump that it's asking us experts for help north korea is apparently soul confused by donald trump that it's asking experts for help in understanding him according to a washington post report yesterday government officials have been soliciting via various back channels us experts korean government officials with ties to the republican party for informal talks their number one concern is trump an unnamed analyst told an fee feel the newspaper's tokyo bureau chief they can't figure amount uh this is just where trump wants the guy so the little potbellied dictator doesn't know what to make a trump why do you think that is is what is.
"tokyo bureau chief" Discussed on New York Times - The Book Review
"Can show if a classical concept of geopolitics power and i have translated it to in this way panamian heaven shami anthony's and i have sort of updated the the typical academic revelation of this phrase which was all under heaven to talk some more comfortable to my year everything under heaven it's the same route that cnn cnn's square that's correct what does that mean neither were getting it's a translations ten on man is the gate of heavenly peace of that same evan well that makes this stuck sound a lot more positive an optimist sect than it then it probably is so let's talk about the book is actually a ballot here last book was about china's sort of incursion into africa immigrants into africa and the role are playing their did that book lead you into this one or is this something that you wanted to write about since you were a correspondents in china over our refute from an older photos were group journalist background extra twenty years time most of which were overseas in my early overseas period are covered africa for the time is also prior to that of free freelancer in africa before it joined the and what i moved with the times from africa west and central africa to northeast asia as the tokyo bureau chief covering japan and the two koreas i was impressed that that this new part of the world to me meeting north east asia had much less of a kind of institutional tissue or framework of cooperation then did much less welldeveloped african countries that the african regions have the trade unions and the customs unions and all sorts of multilateral institutions and that north east asia much more highly developed much older nations had very little by way of a interstate cooperation until this sort of that was the initial spark why is that what's what's the reasons for how can you explain it and this idea kind of began to grow and involve very gradually from that interrogation and shut me ultimately on the passive trying to understand.