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We would like to think that Japan is making progress in areas such as women's rights and the elimination of things such as the exploitation of women in the アイドル industry. But there is a strong, extreme right-wing political movement in Japan that is actually trying to eliminate women's rights in Japan, an organization called the Nihon Kaigi (日本会議) (にほん かいぎ) ("Japan Conference"). From 35:34 we hear that the Nihon Kaigi says, "…comfort women [should] shut up, we will oppose the rights for children and the rights of women, there is no way to allow separate family names for married couples, and women should shut up, and we will definitely crush any initiatives for gender equality." From 10:20 we hear that 80% of Shinzo Abe's cabinet officials were "members" of Nihon Kaigi.

 
Here is the 1936 movie Osaka Elegy. Check out the bunraku (文楽) (ぶんらく) (Japanese puppet theatre) from 29:10. Of particular interest to me is how most people in the movie (men as well as women) wear kimono rather than western clothing — this has really changed in modern-day Japan.

If anyone is interested, here is a link to more pre-WWII movies.



 
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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman later became a TV series. Here an Episode entitled 虹の旅 (にじ の たび) (Niji no tabi) ("Rainbow Journey").

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Abarenbo Shogun was a TV series about a samurai who reminded me of Robin Hood, going around doing good things. Here is Episode One. (In Japanese with English subtitles)

 
American actor Tommy Lee Jones made some surprising TV commercials. (Coffee sold in pop-top aluminum cans is very popular in Japan.) His name in the video is Alien From Outer Spaces Jones (Uchuujin Jones) (うちゅうじん ジョーンズ) (宇宙人ジョーンズ) because he portrays an alien who has come to Earth to observe strange human behavior on Earth.

Check out Tommy the Salaryman Having Lunch at 0:15, Warehouse Worker at 0:41, Salesman at 1:03, Delivery Man at 1:03, Karaoke Attendant at 2:33, Rock Star Dude at 3:24, Guy who Hands out Flyers at 3:30, Airport Security Worker at 4:01, Onsen Worker at 5:01, Super-Human Ping-pong Player at 5:15, TV Commercial Film Crew Member at 5:31, Super-Human Rice Planter at 6:01, Samurai at 6:30, Carpenter at 6:59, Tunnel Digger at 7:30, Street Food Vendor at 8:00, and Politician at 8:28

 
Tommy Lee Jones gives an interview in English from 30:20 about his 30 years (!) of doing Boss Coffee TV commercials.

 
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Here is a fascinating video about a fully bilingual Caucasian young lady who was born and raised in Japan and went to elementary, middle, and high school in Japan. (Her family, while in Japan, even had to make a point of speaking English at home so she would learn to speak English.) One thing the video points out is how being born in Japan does NOT automatically give a person Japanese citizenship.

 
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Professional 13-year-old Go player Sumire Nakamura wins her first professional game. (In Japanese, no English subtitles) (Feel free to ask questions on how to play the game.)

 
Simply because the "boring accommodation" which there is no electricity, electric wave in foreigner visitor is inconvenient for the rush secret ...; at "special time" [chase of J] (January 10, 2023)
 
Here is something quite different. This is a video of a young American girl who remembers being a Japanese person in Japan in a past-life. She remembers the atomic bomb being dropped and how she helped nurse people who had been injured by the atomic bomb blast.

 
NHK on Kei trucks:

Keitora [軽トラ] are ultra-compact (kei) pickup trucks ubiquitous in Japan that combine cargo-carrying and off-road capabilities with economy and manoeuvrability.

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CNN's Will Ripley reports on Japan's rural communities:

Japan's rural communities are dying out. The problem is, so are its cities
When Kentaro Yokobori was born almost seven years ago, he was the first newborn in the Sogio district of Kawakami village, Japan, in 25 years. His birth was like a miracle for many villagers.

 
CNN's Will Ripley reports on Japan's rural communities: Japan's rural communities are dying out. The problem is, so are its cities When Kentaro Yokobori was born almost seven years ago, he was the first newborn in the Sogio district of Kawakami village, Japan, in 25 years. His birth was like a miracle for many villagers.
 
Color documentary film of the country of 1962 of Japan.

Production: Eigasha Planning: The General Insurance Association of Japan
1962 Color (Cinemascope) 35 minutes

Since ancient times, our ancestors have devised various ways to protect themselves and their families from various natural disasters and seek a place where they can work with peace of mind.

From Kagoshima, the southernmost tip of Japan, to Akita in the north, we will depict private houses that are closely attached to the soil and the lives of the people who live there, along with the beautiful scenery.

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Production: Ginsaburo Takahashi
Screenplay/Director: Seiji Akasa
Photo: Shuten Sengoku
Composer: Osamu Shimizu

It is replaced from a horse to a Kei truck now.
 
Not Youtube, but NHK on Demand: another episode of One Hamlet, One Family, A family in a remote part of northern Japan lives almost entirely off the land, surrounded by seasonal beauty. Balancing their ideals with modern realities, they pursue what truly matters in life.


Sometimes it takes a lifechanging event to help us realize what truly matters. For Kimura Tomoharu, that event was a massive earthquake and tsunami. In 2012, he sought a fresh start in a remote part of Akita Prefecture. He moved into a long-abandoned hamlet, where he pursues his goal of being almost entirely self-sufficient — living off the land from season to season. But he's not alone. Kimura has a family, and he must now balance his own ideals with those of his two young children.
 
Reading the news of young women falling prey to host clubs, I found the British documentary The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006) by Jake Clennell, describing a host club in Osaka. The male hosts and their female customers are interviewed, and through the interviews, we learn about the nature of host clubs and why the customers are coming there.

Here's the full version:

 
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