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Thinking About Okinawa: The Widening Perception Gap

The perception gap between Okinawans and mainland Japanese appears to be growing by the day as Okinawa steps up its opposition to plans that would keep a controversial US Marine Corps installation within the prefecture. In the second of a three-part series, political experts probe the meaning of “Okinawan independence” in the context of the base problem and assess the prospects for a resolution.
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Takezawa Takeshi: A French-Inspired Musical Message of Hope (Video)

As concertmaster of the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the violinist Takezawa Takeshi has energetically pursued his professional music career in the concert halls of France and Japan. This special video brings you clips from his December 2011 solo recital.
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A Japanese Violinist in Tune with France

In December 2011 violinist Takezawa Takeshi, the concertmaster in France’s National Orchestra of Lorraine, performed his first solo recital in Japan in two years. In this interview he talks about his musical career and influences and discusses what role music can play in Japan’s recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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