TOKYO—Freelance journalist Shiori Ito shocked Japan when she went public in late May with allegations that she had been raped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s close friend and biographer, Noriyuki Yamaguchi. This is a country where countless women might have said #MeToo, but, four months ago, few did. Yamaguchi publicly denied raping Ito and says the case is now closed. Ito, however, refused to back down and has written a book, Black Box, that explains her experience and urges other victims to come forward. And the coincidence of its publication on Oct. 20, amid the growing international furor sparked by the alleged abuses of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, may now give Ito’s message real momentum. If you think things are bad in Hollywood, consider the way the system works here, where pigs protect pigs, including at high levels of government, to the point where women, no matter how brave, feel they have no recourse at all. After Ito was raped, she went to the police to … [Read more...] about Japan’s Big #MeToo Moment: You Think Hollywood Abuses Women? You Oughta See Tokyo.
Other News Ministry acts to ensure adequate pork supply The Saigon Times Daily Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019,16:34 (GMT+7) Ministry acts to ensure adequate pork supplyThe Saigon Times Daily An employee inspects a slice of pork at a local market. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has worked with localities that have a large pork inventory to stabilize the year-end market – PHOTO: VNA HCMC - The Ministry of Industry and Trade over the past few months has proposed solutions to the prime minister to stabilize the local market in the lead up to the upcoming Tet holiday early next year, including importing safe pork from other countries amid the severe pork undersupply. In proposals sent to the prime minister, the ministry suggested provincial and municipal governments direct the relevant departments to jointly take steps to ensure the adequate supply of essential products, particularly pork. Border provinces must tighten … [Read more...] about Ministry acts to ensure adequate pork supply
National Science Foundation officials award $7 billion in grants annually based on funding proposals the agency’s watchdog estimates have hundreds of examples of plagiarism and “falsified or fabricated data.” The federal science research agency awards 11,000 grants to 2,000 research institutions annually, but Allison Lerner, the agency’s inspector general, only oversees about 1 percent of those recipients.Researcher misconduct has drastically increased over the past decade, meaning millions of tax dollars go to fraudsters, according to Lerner. The watchdog estimated that around 1,200 proposals for funding could contain plagiarism and another 800 proposals or results include “falsified or fabricated data,” according the IG’s semiannual report. Additionally, NSF has faced widespread criticism from the public and Congress for funding projects like two experiments that ran shrimp on a treadmill at a cost to taxpayers of $1.3 … [Read more...] about Feds Give Billions To Research Based On ‘Falsified Or Fabricated Data’
Arts Artist Truong Tan holds first solo exhibition in 10 years The Saigon Times Daily Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019,17:07 (GMT+7) Artist Truong Tan holds first solo exhibition in 10 yearsThe Saigon Times Daily “Wind” is one of Truong Tan’s lacquer paintings displayed at the “Light Years Away” exhibition - PHOTO: COURTESY OF GALERIE QUYNH HCMC - Acclaimed artist Truong Tan will hold his first solo exhibition in 10 years at Galerie Quynh in District 1, HCMC from November 15, 2019 to January 4, 2020. Truong Tan is one of the most courageous and experimental contemporary artists in Vietnam. In addition to being the first openly gay artist in the country to freely address issues of homosexuality in his art, he has proven his influence through groundbreaking works of performance and installation in the 1990s. With his new work, Truong Tan presents a series of highly unusual lacquer paintings and two … [Read more...] about Artist Truong Tan holds first solo exhibition in 10 years
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Major Chinese stock indices closed mixed on Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.33 percent, at 2,905.24 points. The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.18 percent higher at 9,687.85 points. The combined turnover of stocks covered by the two indices stood at 359.3 billion yuan (about 51.31 billion U.S. dollars), shrinking from 365.5 billion yuan in the previous trading day. Most stocks fell, with losers outnumbering gainers by 990 to 421 on the Shanghai bourse and 1,424 to 659 in Shenzhen. Companies in medicine and chip sectors posted strong performances, with stocks of PKU HealthCare Corp., Ltd. surging by the daily 10-percent limit to close at 6.81 yuan per share. Shares in the industries of digital currency, cultivation and ship building led the losses. The ChiNext Index, China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, gained 0.62 percent to close at 1,681.79 points Wednesday. … [Read more...] about Chinese shares close mixed Wednesday