Japan’s youngest mayor is a working mom; US: Korematsu overturned (28/06/18)

young mayor brings new color to Tsunan, Niigata, Japan
Photo source: Cristan Ruberti, Unsplash

Working mom becomes youngest town mayor in Japan

Haruka Kuwabara, a 31-year-old working mother of two children, won a town mayoral race on June 24 to become the youngest mayor in the country, Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported.

The independent candidate, will run the town of Tsunan in Niigata, known for its agriculture and tourism.

Supreme Court rejects Korematsu v United States [of America] in its travel ban ruling

Meanwhile, the USA Supreme Court upheld the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Tuesday. In doing so the  court also took the opportunity to reject a ruling, Korematsu v. United States, which had allowed the country’s government to put Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II, the New Yorker reported.

Japanese American Fred Korematsu of California had challenged the internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry, such as himself, and was arrested for refusing to relocate to an internment camp. The court had upheld the conviction in 1944, and the verdict had been treated as a green light for the internment program as a whole.

On the other hand, the permitted travel ban restricts travel and immigration from seven countries, most of them with majority Muslim populations. Justice Sotomayor, in her dissent, argued that one kind of Korematsu decision had been swapped for another.

Japanese Princess Ayako to marry commoner, renounce royal status

Japan’s Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Prince Takamodo and Princess Hisako, will marry a businessman in October, renouncing her royal status, the Imperial Household Agency announced, as reported by Channel NewsAsia, a Singapore-based TV news channel.

In April 2017 a Japanese government panel issued a warning over the dwindling number of male heirs. Under the current law, it is still only men who are allowed to become emperor.

Yewon Kang

Yewon is a Seoul-based editor of April Magazine. She believes that “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”

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