WBEZ | Japan http://www.wbez.org/tags/japan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Norway's gun-free approach to policing http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-21/norways-gun-free-approach-policing-112441 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Harald%20Groven.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Harold Groven)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215736644&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Norwegian police practices</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>The Norwegian government recently released new data about how the country&rsquo;s police use guns. The report found that in 2014 Norwegian police threatened to use their weapons 42 times but only two shots were actually fired during the entire year. Nobody was killed or wounded in either incident. Prior to the terrorist attack of 2011, Norwegian police did not even carry weapons. The majority of Norway&rsquo;s police, like forces in Britain, Ireland and Iceland, patrol unarmed and carry guns only under special circumstances. Margaret Hayford O&rsquo;Leary, a professor at St. Olaf College joins us to discuss the Norwegian police force.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Margaret Hayford O&#39;Leary is the author of &#39;The Culture and Customs of Norway&#39; and head of the Norwegian department at St. Olaf College.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215737089&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Japan&#39;s declining birth rate</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Japan&rsquo;s birthrate, which has been declining for decades, reached a record low last year. More than a quarter of the country&rsquo;s population is over the age of 65. The decline in births has come as many Japanese have decided to marry later or not at all. The changing demographics have all kinds of implications for Japan, everything from a shortage of workers to take care of the elderly to issues for maintaining social security and pensions. The Japanese government has attempted all sorts of policy changes to try to address the issue. Liv Coleman, a professor of government and world affairs at the University of Tampa, joins us to talk about how the country is dealing with its declining population.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Liv Coleman is a professor of government and world affairs at the University of Tampa.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-21/norways-gun-free-approach-policing-112441 Nigeria's president sacks and replaces military chiefs http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-20/nigerias-president-sacks-and-replaces-military-chiefs-112430 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Michael%20Fleshman%20%282%29.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Michael Fleshman)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215574298&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Nigeria&#39;s Muhammad Buhari fires his military leadership</span></p><div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Last week, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari sacked his military chiefs. Since then, at least 20 more people have been killed in Boko haram led motorcycle attacks. The military shakeup comes ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama this morning. We talk about Boko Haram, the military firings, and the upcoming meeting between Obama and Buhari, with Northwestern professor Richard Joseph. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Richard Joseph is the John evans professor of International history and Politics at Northwestern University, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.&nbsp;</em></span></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215576330&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Japan&#39;s military evolution in the face of China&#39;s growth</span></p><div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">After World War II, Japan vowed to never again pursue its imperial ambitions. 40 years on, japan is at cultural crossroads, and its Prime minister Shinzo Abe, is determined to normalize the country. In July of last year, Abe announced the birth of the japanese arms trade, freeing up domestic manufacturers to cash in on Japan&#39;s status as the 6th largest military spender in the world. We talk with Dr. Andrew Oros, an associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College, about what Japan&#39;s new venture means for the region. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Andrew Oros is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College. &nbsp;</em></span></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-07-20/nigerias-president-sacks-and-replaces-military-chiefs-112430 Obama to announce action on immigration http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-20/obama-announce-action-immigration-111137 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP771579917554.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama will lay out his plan tonight for changes to U.S. immigration policy. We&#39;ll talk with two members of IIT&#39;s Undocumented Students and Allies organization about what they hope to see happen.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-s-pm-calls-for-early-elections/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-s-pm-calls-for-early-elections.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-s-pm-calls-for-early-elections" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama to announce action on immigration" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-20/obama-announce-action-immigration-111137 Japan's state secrecy laws http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-20/japans-state-secrecy-laws-110966 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP368178921388.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A year ago, Japan tightened its laws protecting state secrets, reportedly under pressure from the U.S. We&#39;ll take a look at how the U.S. may have intervened with political scientist Andrew Oros.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-s-state-secrecy-laws/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-s-state-secrecy-laws.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-s-state-secrecy-laws" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Japan's state secrecy laws" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-20/japans-state-secrecy-laws-110966 Japan reinterprets its constitution http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-02/japan-reinterprets-its-constitution-110441 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP80279651360.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Japanese government has decided to change the way it interprets Article 9 of the constitution. Before, Japan was only allowed to defend itself. Now it can also defend friends and allies under attack. We&#39;ll find out what&#39;s behind the shift in policy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-reinterprets-constitution/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-reinterprets-constitution.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-japan-reinterprets-constitution" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Japan reinterprets its constitution" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-02/japan-reinterprets-its-constitution-110441 India election scandal for BJP candidate Modi http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-14/india-election-scandal-bjp-candidate-modi-110020 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoBiswaranjan Rout).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At least 14 people were killed over the weekend in India in attempts to disrupt voting. With the violence, the election has been rocked by scandal surrounding a top candidate for prime minister. We&#39;ll get an update from India expert, Sumit Ganguly. And security expert, Steve Clemons, talks about Japan resisting the Trans-Pacific Partnership and going nuclear again. Clemons also critiques President Obama&#39;s foreign policy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-scandal-shakes-up-india-s-elections/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-scandal-shakes-up-india-s-elections.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-scandal-shakes-up-india-s-elections" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A scandal shakes up India's elections" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-14/india-election-scandal-bjp-candidate-modi-110020 Intervention in Syria, comfort women demand apology and a Peruvian tribe emerges http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-27/intervention-syria-comfort-women-demand-apology-and-peruvian-tribe <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP502228822147.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. contemplates military action in Syria. Korean &#39;comfort women&#39; ask for an official apology from the Japanese government. A Peruvian tribe makes contact with the outside world.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107522841&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-intervention-in-syria-comfort-women-dema/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-intervention-in-syria-comfort-women-dema.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-intervention-in-syria-comfort-women-dema" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Intervention in Syria, comfort women demand apology and a Peruvian tribe emerges" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-27/intervention-syria-comfort-women-demand-apology-and-peruvian-tribe Facial recognition, Fukushima and the geopolitics of khat http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-26/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-geopolitics-khat-108521 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP219522927055.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;ll take an in-depth look at government espionage with Heidi Boghosian, author of &quot;Spying on Democracy.&quot; Questions loom at Fukushima nuclear power plant. Khat could be banned in the United Kingdom.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107341223&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Facial recognition, Fukushima and the geopolitics of khat" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-26/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-geopolitics-khat-108521 Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP700189680557_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bo Xilai&#39;s trial begins in China. Radioactive water continues to leak at Fukushima plant. A Chicagoan is helping to expand sex education programs in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106703310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya" target="_blank">View the story "Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 Chicago may get its own geek bar http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 7.45.08 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicagoans may soon have a new place to geek out. David Zoltan leads the team behind the concept.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Geek Bar Chicago is a place where geeks, nerds, dorks and dweebs can find a place to call home in the city,&rdquo; Zoltan said. &ldquo;Our vision statement is celebrate geekdom in all its forms, so we&rsquo;re not going for a specific type of geek.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The bar will cater for people interested in everything from science to video games. He says it will have a menu for board games, geek-inspired food and drinks, and possible decor featuring lightsabers and the scrolling characters from the Matrix.</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan got the idea last year, when it was announced that the new Doctor Who season would be starting.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I thought, I don&rsquo;t have cable. I&rsquo;d like to watch the show with a bunch of my Whovian friends and other Whovians from the rest of Chicago,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;(But) while I can throw a stone out and reach a half dozen sports bars in Chicago, there isn&rsquo;t a place for the geek.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan and his team are raising money for <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cantinaforward/geek-out-geek-bar">the project</a> through Kickstarter. He&rsquo;s raised more than $25,000 and ends his campaign at the end of August. If they reach $70,000, the bar will buy an <a href="http://store.hbo.com/game-of-thrones-life-size-replica-iron-throne/detail.php?p=373634">official life-sized replica of the Iron Throne</a> from Game of Thrones and use it as special seating. They are currently scouting locations and are focusing on what Zoltan calls Chicago&rsquo;s Geek Triangle, the area bounded by Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown. He says that&rsquo;s where most geeky Chicagoans live or play. They hope to open in March next year.</p><p dir="ltr">Geek Bar Chicago would join other geek locales in Milwaukee, <a href="http://jaapan.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/space-station-osaka-a-gaming-bar/">Japan</a>, <a href="http://www.hobbitpub.co.uk/">the UK</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheManaBar">Australia</a>. Tony Nilles and his wife opened <a href="http://42lounge.com/">their own geek bar</a> in Milwaukee this spring, and although he stresses it&rsquo;s not a &ldquo;get rich quick&rdquo; scheme, a geek bar draws good customers. He says his staff has worked at many other bars before, and they have all been impressed by how nice the customers are. He attributes that partly to being a geek.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You have a demographic where if they go to other bars and clubs, they don&rsquo;t feel comfortable, they feel like they are an outsider or outcast,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;When you get them around other people that are just like them, they feel this sense of belonging and you find that you have these really nice, kind people that are able to express in ways they weren&rsquo;t able before.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In fact, even though he knows other geek bars are his competitors, they&rsquo;re all just excited to be part of a movement.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re all competing with each other over the same demographic, but there&rsquo;s almost kind of a brotherhood to this owning a geek bar thing,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;Geek is chic right now, and they want to know that you&rsquo;re not just doing the whole geek thing in order to take their money from them. They want to know that you&rsquo;re doing it sincerely and that you&rsquo;re part of that community too.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Mitch Hutts, web developer by day and geek mixologist by night, has also seen the rise of the geek bar. In 2009, he started <a href="http://www.thedrunkenmoogle.com/">The Drunken Moogle</a>, dedicated to sharing geeky drink recipes inspired by the likes of Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings. He says it has since exploded in popularity, and that the geek bar phenomenon is entirely worldwide.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You know this was a place made by people who think like you, and it&rsquo;s very much like you already kind of knew those people, you feel very much at home,&rdquo; Hutts said. &ldquo;Some success can be attributed to conventions. Geeks very much like meeting new geeks. Conventions happen once a year; geek bars are a way of extending that and giving them a home all throughout the year.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Yu039">@Alan_Yu039</a></em></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372