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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Japan News This Week 22 June 2014

今週の日本

Japan News.
Assessing Fukushima Damage Without Eyes on the Inside New York Times

Japan outlaws child porn images - but not in comic books
BBC

Angry Japanese farmers say their animals are poisoned by radiation
Global Post

Tokyo assemblywoman subjected to sexist abuse from other members
Guardian

Kono apology was tug of war: panel
Japan Times

Zen Masters on the Battlefield (Part I) Japan Focus

Even If Their Team Loses, Japanese Fans Still Sweep The World Cup NPR


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Statistics

Foreign visitors to Japan in May rose 25.3% from a year before.

The total number of visitors from overseas came to 1,097,200, according to the Japan National Tourist Association.

Chinese visitors came to 165,800. Taiwanese totaled 282,000, and those from Hong Kong were 70,700.

Source: Jiji Press

The US State Department released its annual report on human traficking. Countries are sorted into three tiers based on their level of compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA).

TIER 1 Countries whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards. TIER 2 Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

Examples: Australia, Canada, most of western Europe except for Portugal, South Korea

TIER 2 WATCH LIST Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards AND: a) The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing; b) There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year; or c) The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country to take additional future steps over the next year.

Examples: Cameroon, Jamaica, Japan

TIER 3 Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.

Examples: China, North Korea, Kuwait

Source: US State Department

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