Jonathan Kaiman

For Jonathan Kaiman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Chinese gaming mecca attempts to shed its gaudy image

Jan 5, 2014

Chinese gaming mecca attempts to shed its gaudy image

Walk into a casino in China’s gambling mecca of Macau, and the first thing that strikes you is the silence. There’s no blaring music, no sharp cries of victory; all you hear is the rustle of clothing, a hushed conversation, the occasional thump on ...

Who is Xi? Chinese leader enigma to world

Dec 1, 2013

Who is Xi? Chinese leader enigma to world

In early November, China’s most powerful man, Xi Jinping, stepped into a rustic farmhouse while on an inspection tour in far-flung Hunan province. The occupants’ sole electrical appliance, a fluorescent light bulb, burned overhead. Shi Pazhuan, the family matriarch, was confused. “What should I ...