| Nov 29, 2009

The warring mind-sets on U.S. immigration

NEW YORK — Over dinner with a consultant friend recently, our conversation drifted to U.S. immigration when she said, “I’m worried about our future.” We did not go any further on the subject, but the late-afternoon news flash had said the Obama administration would ...

| Sep 27, 2009

Hatoyama just calling it as it is

NEW YORK — I was startled to receive a letter from a friend in Tokyo earlier this month accompanied by a Sankei Shimbun article by Yukio Okamoto sharply upbraiding Yukio Hatoyama. The then next prime minister’s sin was to let The New York Times ...

Aug 9, 2009

Contention over the tenno system

This collection of 14 essays by 12 scholars, ranging from academic, journalistic, speculative, to advisory, makes an excellent introduction to the scope of arguments presently made about tenno, Japan’s “emperors.” THE EMPERORS OF MODERN JAPAN edited by Ben-Ami Shillony. Brill: Leiden, 2008 348 pp., ...

| Jul 26, 2009

Blunderbuss followup to the invasion of Iraq

NEW YORK — The New York Times editorial on June 30, “The First Deadline,” showed America’s egocentrism at its worst. Dealing entirely with a single subject — the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraqi cities, with 130,000 soldiers still remaining in the country ...