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For Eli Kirzner's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Eco-awareness to the rescue

Aug 17, 2013

Eco-awareness to the rescue

The village of Shimizu in Niigata Prefecture has a long history, but in a few decades it may be gone. Located 600 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Makihata on a pass between parts of northwestern Honshu along the Sea of ...

North Korea occupies Fukuoka in Murakami's alternate world

Jun 23, 2013

North Korea occupies Fukuoka in Murakami's alternate world

Not to be confused with another famous Japanese novelist who has the same surname, Ryu Murakami is known for being an overtly political, even subversive, writer. “From the Fatherland, With Love,” his latest novel to be translated into English, cements that reputation. Taking place ...

Tokyo's wilderness within

Feb 3, 2013

Tokyo's wilderness within

What did our cities' natural landscapes originally look like? In a sprawling metropolis such as Tokyo, with concrete encrusting almost every inch of earth, walling every riverbank and towering up to the skies, it is almost impossible to imagine.

Japan's Ogasawara Islands: one year after UNESCO

Nov 18, 2012

Japan's Ogasawara Islands: one year after UNESCO

Leaning over the railing on the top deck of a five-story ferry, I watch the southern most tips of the two peninsulas that border Tokyo Bay fade into the distance of the gray-blue sea. The gargantuan vessel rocks gently beneath my feet, the steady ...