The story below appeared in the Yomiuri Shimbun on August 19th, 2013, announcing that the leading members of the UN Human Rights Council has created a Commission of Inquiry to travel to Japan to hold a new round of interviews with the surviving relatives of 15 to 20 Japanese who were abducted and taken to … More U.N. officials to visit families of abductees – North Korean abductees – in Japan.
Dressed in stolen clothes she standsCast iron and frailWith her impossibly gentle handsAnd her blood-red fingernails Joni Mitchell Shades of Scarlett Conquering Out of the fire like Catholic saintsComes Scarlett and her deep complaintMimicking tenderness she seesIn sentimental moviesA celluloid rider comes to townCinematic lovers swayPlantations and sweeping ballroom gownsTake her breath away Out in … More The Weight of All That Greed
1 “When they were gone away, I studied my books, and at night I went to school. I was unhappy. I looked at a map. An ocean stood between me and the place I came from, but would it have made a difference if it had been a teacup of water?” – Jamaica Kincaid, from Lucy … More A Teacup of Water
“Symposium on the Hague Convention – in Considering the Modality of International Family Mediation –” Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs December 12, 2012 The Government of Japan has been making efforts toward the conclusion of “the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention)”. Should it be concluded, … More Symposium on the Hague Convention Considering the Modality of International Family Mediation Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs