Japan continues to treat human rights like hand-me-downs, passing what it wishes to discard to the beleaguered, hungry and abused abroad, making the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea into the Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army of East Asian Human Rights. The banner of a recent article in Mainichi Japan: U.N. calls for immediate repatriation of … More Hipocrisy or Charity? Human Rights Panel of the U.N. General Assembly on International Child Abduction Castigates North Korea; Silent on Japan
A summer evening in 2009. Rui and I stopped at St. Mark’s Bookshop at Astor Place to read after a day in the Tompkins Square Park playground and an early supper nearby. Rui and I frequently sat on little seats in front of the children’s books there, where I read him nearly everything on the … More Thanksgiving
As President Obama returned Sunday from a trip to Asia that was filled with signs that the United States plans to be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing influence in that region, Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates have stepped up their denunciation of China’s trade practices, casting the country as predatory and a culprit for … More China Syndrome: What’s Political Economy Got To Do With Japanese International Child Abduction?
Distress crept up hard this week, and I’ve learned that no amount of preparation can match the psyche, blow for blow, when it comes to Rui’s abduction to and by Japan. I cannot mourn him because that implies resignation. I am not now, nor will I allow myself the luxury of becoming resigned, nor will … More Situational Hostility of a Japanese State-Sanctioned Child Abduction