Ken Joseph Jr.

For Ken Joseph Jr.'s latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Feb 8, 2011

Mental health advice, cash card blues

Empty nest syndrome K’ko is suffering from what she calls “empty nest blues” — that is, being without husband or children. “Do you know of a psychologist (American/Japanese, familiar with both cultures) and marriage counselor who works in the Shibuya/Hiroo/Roppongi area and not too ...

| Jan 25, 2011

Carnet crucial when doing Japan in a van

Diana and Peter were pleased to find the column “How to do Japan — in a VW camper van” (Lifelines, Nov. 16) on the Japan Times website. “It answered many of our questions as we are hoping to bring our Australian-registered Land Rover camper ...

| Jan 11, 2011

Landlords have right of entry — the roaches don't

Back in summer, the owner of AB’s rented apartment wanted to spray the property for cockroaches (gokiburi). AB was far from happy. “I don’t want chemicals being sprayed in my home. I use natural products wherever possible and feel sick when using even regular ...

| Dec 14, 2010

Doing Japan in a van: highs, lows, dos, don'ts

Oh, the pros and woes of responding to your queries. Great advice, personal experience — even the odd wakeup call. Here are some responses to our Nov. 16 column on “How to do Japan — in a VW camper van”: One of the best ...

| Nov 16, 2010

How to do Japan — in a VW camper van

Reader M.T. has lived in Japan for over 20 years and his brother is planning a visit, with a twist: The brother, his wife and two children are hoping to travel around the country living out of their Volkswagen camper van. “My brother, who ...

| Oct 19, 2010

Barking mad over canine commotion

FF in Tokyo has a barking dog next door that just won’t stop! “Our neighbors have a caged dog that lives outside. The barking continues for at least an hour, starting after 9 p.m. and often not stopping until well after midnight.” This happens ...

| Oct 5, 2010

Kids' camps; more on Baha'i

Baha’i outreach MN thanks us for writing about her community (Lifelines, Sept. 21). “Just in case Janice or other readers are interested, there is a small but active Baha’i community in the Kansai area. Janice can find out more by e-mailing marynoguchi@gaia.eonet.ne.jp or Brett ...