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Hey, all you residents heading abroad for the holidays, here's a little experiment to try on yourself: When you return to Japan, take note of an interesting phenomenon that starts just as you deplane and plug back into Japanese society. You'll feel a
The Contemporary Western Experience in Japan, by Adam Komisarof. Reitaku University Press, 2012, 251 pp., ¥3,570 (hardcover) Donald Richie, prolific author of more than 40 books and longtime contributor to The Japan Times, died in February at age 88.
What are your hopes for yourself, Japan and the world in 2013? " (Views From The Street, Jan. 1): Looking at your questions to people of Osaka about their hopes for 2013, I wonder yet again about the Japanese obsession with people's ages?
Readers discuss Parallels with wartime general Re: " The world according to Toru Hashimoto " by Eric Johnston (Light Gist, Oct. 30): Only one kana syllable (or one letter in romaji ) separates (Nippon Ishin no Kai leader Shintaro) Ishihara from (
Your concerns that Japan is returning to the militarism of the early Showa Era borderline on the ridiculous. The term " happ o bijin " has negative connotations, and is hardly something that Japan should strive for in its foreign policy. Japan Self-
Arudou, they say, should shut up and accept the good with the bad. This reminds me of myself 20 years ago, after first arriving in Japan. My first trainer, a Scotsman who spoke six languages and already had eight years in Japan under his belt,
As per this column's title, this month's topic was chosen, well, "just because" it's been on my mind. Some weeks ago I was asked to give a speech at my current research institute. When I offered workshops on activism and racial discrimination in
SAY For nikkei , It doesn't have to be a bug's life: readers bite back Arudou of the Occident As a former nikkei resident of Japan, I, as well as my community colleagues, must express strong disapproval of The Japan Times' decision to publish Debito
As Beto awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his futon into a gigantic cockroach. "What's happened to me?" he thought. In his native land down south, he had been a person if at times underprivileged due to his nikkei
Readers of those articles will know that this claim is nonsense, and that I frequently criticise some Japanese policies, including immigration policies, as closed-minded. Meanwhile, Mr. Arudou, for his own reasons, never misses an opportunity not