6/19/13 Today’s Brew

Today’s news comes from all around Asia.

Toru Hasimoto, Japanese politician tweeted about legitimacy of sex slavery during WWII

Toru Hasimoto, Japanese politician tweeted about legitimacy of sex slavery during WWII

1. [Japan] Toxic radioactive waste continues to be found in and around Fukushima

Problems continue to arise as the nuclear plant in Fukushima is recuperating from a devastating earthquake in 2011. The water pumped in to cool the fueling rods are contaminated with nuclear waste and now the issue of where this water can go arises. Into the sea will not be an option.

2. [Japan] Crisis control for Japanese politicians using social media

Japanese politicians are getting a lot of heat these days for posting comments that are politically “charged.” Someone needs to hold a social media seminar for these folks.

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Bloody Hell!!!!

As a human being, it’s common to be asked, “Nice to meet you, where are you from?”

As an Asian American, it’s more common to then be asked, “No really, where are you REALLY from?”

It’s even MORE common to be asked by another Asian also. For instance, it just happened to me today.

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Japanese Pink Eye from Eyeball Licking

Japanese Eyeball Licking. Screengrab via Born on Youtube.

Japanese Eyeball Licking. Screengrab via Born on Youtube.

There has been an uptick on Japanese students getting pink eye recently. How come you ask?

According to Japanese media, students are showing up to class with eye patches because they are licking each other’s eyeballs. Literally spreading the eye open and licking. Gross you say?

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