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For Jay Klaphake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Gunma city does battle with beards

| Jun 1, 2010

Gunma city does battle with beards

I would like to draw readers’ attention to the outstanding work of the municipal government of Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture. After receiving complaints that citizens find bearded men unpleasant, Isesaki — just as all levels of Japanese government often do — took decisive action to ...

A foreigner-friendly field of dreams?

| Mar 30, 2010

A foreigner-friendly field of dreams?

In the 1989 Oscar-nominated fantasy-drama film “Field of Dreams,” the main character, a farmer played by Kevin Costner, heard a voice that kept whispering the phrase “If you build it, he will come.” The Voice urged Costner’s character to take a leap of faith ...