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For Mari Yamaguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

War leaders' scions want reconciliation

Aug 17, 2015

War leaders' scions want reconciliation

To Hidetoshi Tojo, his great-grandfather is a man in a black-and-white documentary film he saw some 30 years ago. In one scene that he watched, Hideki Tojo — a bald, bespectacled man with a mustache — is sitting at a war crimes tribunal in ...

Bullet trains get rude wake-up call

Jul 4, 2015

Bullet trains get rude wake-up call

A fatal shinkansen fire started by a pensioner’s self-immolation protest has revealed blind spots in one of Japan’s proudest achievements and finally triggered calls to action.

LDP gears up to revise Constitution

| May 2, 2015

LDP gears up to revise Constitution

As Japan’s conservative ruling Liberal Democratic Party gears up for a new push to achieve its long-sought goal of revising the country’s U.S.-drafted postwar Constitution, its first challenge will be winning over a divided public.

Abe, hostages labeled troublemakers in conformist Japan

| Feb 6, 2015

Abe, hostages labeled troublemakers in conformist Japan

In a nation where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid “meiwaku” — causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely viewed as troublemakers. So ...