Joseph Coleman

For Joseph Coleman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 30, 2008

Foreign workers are first to feel impact of economy's slowdown

HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Pref. — Brazilian Stenio Sameshima came to Japan last year planning to make a bundle of money at the country’s humming auto factories. Instead, he’s spending a lot of time in line at employment agencies. The 28-year-old is one of hundreds, perhaps ...

Practical fashion for the other end of life

Sep 30, 2008

Practical fashion for the other end of life

One after the other, the models strutted across the stage to bouncy ’80s dance tunes, all showing off designs of the same article of clothing — adult diapers. Japan has one of the world’s most rapidly aging societies, and the fashion show last week ...

Iwojima vet revisits 'Hell Island'

Sep 27, 2008

Iwojima vet revisits 'Hell Island'

The tunnels of Iwojima snake deep beneath the volcanic rock and soil, their entrances camouflaged by a dense tangle of vines and tall grasses. In their stifling heat, Tsuruji Akikusa suffered months of hunger and thirst. The bodies of dead comrades lay around him. ...

Nuclear power expansion takes direct hit

Jul 23, 2007

Nuclear power expansion takes direct hit

Japan’s nuclear power industry is among the world’s most ambitious. Spurred by fears of global warming, planners envision a rapid expansion of plants, capacity and cutting-edge technologies. But a series of radioactive leaks at the world’s largest atomic plant following last week’s killer earthquake ...

'52 coup plot bid to rearm Japan: CIA

Mar 6, 2007

'52 coup plot bid to rearm Japan: CIA

Declassified documents reveal that Japanese ultranationalists with ties to U.S. military intelligence plotted to overthrow the Japanese government and assassinate the prime minister in 1952. The scheme — which was abandoned — was concocted by militarists and suspected war criminals who had worked for ...

U.S. no stranger to 'I'm sorry' Japan-style

Jan 27, 2006

U.S. no stranger to 'I'm sorry' Japan-style

It’s among the most Japanese of traditions: Officials go before the cameras to express deep regret over some alleged wrongdoing and promise to make sure it never happens again. Americans, too, know the drill and lately they’ve been the players. In the past few ...

Child abuse explosion destroys myth Japanese are 'different'

Mar 19, 2004

Child abuse explosion destroys myth Japanese are 'different'

The boy’s tormentors began brutally, burning him with cigarettes and whipping him with a fishing rod. Then, police say, they committed the unimaginable: They locked the boy in a room and tried to starve him to death. Compounding the horror, one of the attackers ...

Dec 24, 2003

Tokyo hesitant to grant Iraq debt relief

There are no doubts about Japan’s support for the United States in Iraq. Tokyo was a strong backer of the U.S.-led invasion, is a top contributor to reconstruction and just approved a plan to send troops to the region. But when it comes to ...