月: 2020年1月

Reviewing the Death Penalty

By Christian Wolfer  Recently, on Last Week Tonight, an HBO series that conducts investigative journalism in the United States, an episode took a critical look at the death penalty and its procedure. That inspired me to ask the people around me in Tokyo what they think about the death penalty in Japan, one of the last modern countries in the world to have it. I discuss some of the comments I heard below and share why I am against the death penalty.​  The first and most important argument against the death penalty is that innocent people get killed through false judgment (in the US about 4%). In other words, the …

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In Japan, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

By Johann Fleuri This brilliant investigation, entitled “Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan”, gives an insight into Japanese women’s life and how they manage to reach happiness in such an unequal country.​ Even though the gender gap is huge in Japan (according to World economic forum, the country ranked 110th on 144 in 2018), women tend to reach a certain form of fulfillment in their everyday life. In other words, women in Japan are happier than men. Through studies, the book reveals that Japanese people are, generally, not happy but women manage better than men to find a way to reach happiness.  Mito Akiyoshi, professor of Sociology at Senshu University, …

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