Jackie Hoffart

For Jackie Hoffart's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Paradoxes pervade gender issues' public face in Japan

| Nov 20, 2011

Paradoxes pervade gender issues' public face in Japan

Transgender people are popping up everywhere in the current Japanese media landscape. Whether it's appearing on variety shows or hawking soft drinks or makeup in TV ads, the current crop of "new-half" celebrities have established themselves in the mainstream in a way that has ...

Whether to come out at the office

Jul 2, 2009

Whether to come out at the office

"Do you live on your own?" It's a perfectly casual question at work, one that would naturally arise in conversations. For many gays and lesbians, however, if they happen to live with their partner, queries such as this often become the moment of truth — ...

Nice to nestle at Japan's hometown

Oct 3, 2008

Nice to nestle at Japan's hometown

One could be fooled into thinking Onomichi was an island, where the ocean air whisps about the often deserted streets and the locals thrive from eclectic arts and hospitality industries. That would all be true, except the island part. Literally translated as "tail road," ...

Is violence against women a big problem in Japan?

| Feb 26, 2008

Is violence against women a big problem in Japan?

Florence N. Smith Teacher/photog., 36 (U.S.)Absolutely. I recently read that one in five Japanese women have suffered violence or the threat of violence from the men in their lives. John Henville Teacher, 27 (Canadian)I think unchecked, overt sexism here is a leading cause of aggression towards women. ...