FROM Takashi Fujitani
It's a Boy! Sigh of Relief in Japan? At the end of World War II, Japan's Emperor Hirohito surrendered to American forces. Since then, Japan has become a thriving democracy, but the Imperial family , which dates to the 6th Century BC, remains as the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world. Today, a new heir was born--the first male in 41 years. Will that end the debate about female succession?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.