Manuel Roig-Franzia

For Manuel Roig-Franzia's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Race takes backseat at Zimmerman trial

Jul 7, 2013

Race takes backseat at Zimmerman trial

Thousands streamed into Fort Mellon Park, hard against the south shore of Lake Monroe, on that night in March 2012. An unarmed African-American teenager in a “hoodie” sweatshirt had been killed the month before in this central Florida city, but the agitated crowd felt ...

Rockefeller calls time on dynasty

Jan 13, 2013

Rockefeller calls time on dynasty

Jay Rockefeller’s uncle Nelson was a vice president. His uncle Winthrop was a senator, as was his great-grandfather Nelson. But the great American electoral dynasty abruptly ended Friday when Rockefeller said he will not seek re-election in 2014 after nearly three decades in the ...