Japanese Embassy holds first-ever anime film week

The Embassy of Japan held its first-ever Anime Film Week last week. The free screenings took place at the Embassy of Japan from August 21-25 and featured a wide variety of anime films, new and old. Patrick Szoldatits is a communications assistant in the Information and Culture Section of the embassy. “We wanted to ensure that we selected a broad range of films to cater to a wide audience,” Szoldatits said in an email. “For example, we included the cult classic Akira, while also showing more recent releases like The Boy and the Beast,” he said. “We also wanted to appeal to a wide age range, with Wolf Children attracting a more mature audience, while also selecting Strong World: One Piece Film for a younger demographic,” […]

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Letter: Mandatory voting isn’t the solution

In a Feb. 16 letter, Sima Shakeri wrote that Canada should institute mandatory voting, to cure what ails Canadian democracy. Shakeri praises Australia for its mandatory voting system, and its consistent voter turnouts of more than 90 per cent. This does not say much about the state of Australian democracy. After all, it is mandatory. In fact, researchers at the Australian National University released a study in December 2016 reviewing their most recent federal election, concluding that faith in Australia’s democracy hasn’t been so low since 1975. A 2014 study from the Lowy Institute found less than a third of voting-age Australians had confidence in the federal government. The same problem exists in our country. Eighty per cent of Canadians […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—Chinese expansion, U.S. protectionism, and the fate of Canada

 “Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Yugander Sailesh and Matt Clark take a look at Trump’s foreign policy regarding China’s territorial expansion of the South China Sea and its economic implications on Canada and the world. The South Pacific has become an ever-growing topic of importance in the past few months, with the increase of Chinese influence in the region. The election of Donald Trump has increased the discussion about the South Pacific, given that Trump has claimed he will end the “freeloading” of countries […]

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