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Graffiti in Tokyo reveals anti-Korean racism

 
Several months ago, the city of Tokyo witnessed racist rallies that openly targeted Koreans. Recently, far-right militants have been more discreet but are still very active online and on the walls of Tokyo’s Korean neighbourhood where they scrawl racist messages. Read more...
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Meet Shamil Tsuneoka, the Japanese journalist who befriends jihadists

For the last few days, photos of Shamil Tsuneoka, a Japanese freelance journalist covering Syria, have been circulating on social networks. Some of the pictures show him posing with leaders of Syrian jihadist groups, or posing with a rifle in front of one of the black flags used by Al Qaeda. His close relationship with jihadists may allow him unprecedented access, but it has brought up questions about his status as a journalist. Read more...

20 amateur images that have helped make history

 
From the Normandy landings to the Arab Spring, the history of the 20th and 21st century has been caught on camera. There are of course plenty of propaganda videos and journalists’ reports, but key moments in history have also been captured by regular people who happened to be at the right place at the right time. See FRANCE 24's selection of the most striking amateur images in modern history...
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Chinese debate boycotting Japanese products over islands dispute

 
The most relayed image of this weekend’s wave of anti-Japanese protests in China was that of protesters smashing Japanese made cars – including a police car. As the diplomatic row over the Diaoyu islands (known as the Senkaku islands in Japan) continues, Chinese Internet users are engaging in heated debates as to whether boycotting Japanese products is a viable way to protest. Read more...
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A beach re-opens in Fukushima: “People remain pretty suspicious”

 
Before the Fukushima catastrophe, the area’s 17 beaches were very popular with tourists, in particular surfers. Now, a year after the nuclear disaster, the authorities have decided to re-open one of these beaches to the public. Our Observer, who serves as a volunteer cleaning up Fukushima’s beaches, says the next challenge is to convince vacationers to come back. Read more...
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