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Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told attendees at an FCCJ press conference that religious and racial hate is increasing rapidly on the internet, and claimed that some social media companies are failing to do their part to halt it.


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Nuclear energy to save the world?

by Justin McCurry

A renowned documentary filmmaker undergoes an epiphany; his new film avers that advances in nuclear energy are an answer to climate change

Anxiety over the dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown is overshadowing the far more urgent problem of climate change, according to the filmmaker Robert Stone.

In a recent appearance at the FCCJ to promote his new documentary, Pandora’s Promise, the U.S.-based director suggested that opinion among environmentalists was shifting towards an acceptance – at least in private – that without nuclear in the energy mix, combating global warming will be impossible.   Read the rest of the Number 1 Shimbun article



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Hiroshi Mikitani, the acquisitive CEO of e-retailer Rakuten and one of Japan's richest men, spoke at the Club on September 20 in his capacity as the leader of JANE, the organization he founded reportedly as a challenge to Keidanren, or the Japan Business Association, the country's most influential large corporates association.

He expressed his satisfaction with the moves of Prime Minister Abe to stimulate the economy, told of his belief that Japan still has what it takes to compete in the world, and his suggestions to the government to overhaul the English-teaching curriculum in Japanese schools.



by Daniel Leussink

JUST LIKE THE U.S., JAPAN IS SADDLED with an "untold history" that needs to be put in the spotlight. The "crooked" and "sanitized" histories of Japan and the U.S. go hand in hand, and are part of a process of obfuscating what really happened.

That was the message of Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, who were at the FCCJ on August 12, promoting their controversial television documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States.”

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