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For David Nakamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Medal of Honor seen as vindication for war hero

Oct 13, 2013

Medal of Honor seen as vindication for war hero

Four years after he survived a brutal firefight in a remote Afghanistan valley that claimed the lives of five Americans, retired U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson will be hailed as a hero at the White House on Tuesday. Swenson, 34, is credited with risking ...

Looking to 2016, Rubio and Paul rush to join Cruz

Sep 29, 2013

Looking to 2016, Rubio and Paul rush to join Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz might have alienated the Republican establishment with his all-night polemic against the Affordable Care Act. But that doesn’t mean the caustic Texan didn’t win any friends in Washington. As Cruz’s 21-hour speech dragged on, GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and ...

Obama-Christie 'bromance' blossoms in N.J.

Jun 3, 2013

Obama-Christie 'bromance' blossoms in N.J.

Talk about a public display of affection. President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s unlikely “bromance,” sparked last fall amid a natural disaster and a presidential campaign, blossomed into full flush last Tuesday on their very public second date. Obama was back ...

Biden rides wave of success as second term begins

Feb 11, 2013

Biden rides wave of success as second term begins

So close to that presidential microphone . . . yet so far away. As President Barack Obama delivered his 2,000-word inaugural address outside the Capitol last month, his chief governing partner, Vice President Joe Biden, looked on from his chair just to the left, ...

Jan 5, 2013

Obama unilaterally reshapes immigration

The Obama administration’s decision this week to ease visa requirements for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants represents its latest move to reshape immigration through executive action, even as the White House gears up for an uncertain political fight over a far more sweeping ...

Obama unilaterally reshapes immigration

Jan 5, 2013

Obama unilaterally reshapes immigration

The Obama administration’s decision this week to ease visa requirements for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants represents its latest move to reshape immigration through executive action, even as the White House gears up for an uncertain political fight over a far more sweeping ...

Sep 12, 2009

Living near the Diet as it awaits newcomers

It was about 10 a.m. on a recent morning when, riding my bicycle to work, I saw a man dressed as a horse and carrying a plastic bow and arrow gallop toward the Diet building. I stopped to watch. Tourists pointed and gawked. Two ...