Pacific Burn

Jan 9, 2016

Pacific Burn

Who’s killing off members of Kyoto’s artistic Nobuki family, and why? First a son is murdered on a visit to Napa, California; then a sniper nearly succeeds in gunning down the father, a famous artist. After the younger son and his fiance are thrown ...

No tolerance at the inns for China's shoppers

| Dec 12, 2015

No tolerance at the inns for China's shoppers

Last August, Nikkei Business magazine reported the travails of a businessman from a regional city on a sales trip to Tokyo. His company’s accommodation allowance covered a maximum of ¥8,000 per night, but he couldn’t find a centrally located hotel room for under ¥20,000. ...

Press gets tense over possible terrorism in Tokyo

| Nov 21, 2015

Press gets tense over possible terrorism in Tokyo

Look around, if you will, for a waste receptacle on any station platform in the Tokyo metropolitan area; you won’t find one. Their disappearance, a precautionary measure against urban terrorism, can be dated to the immediate aftermath of the nerve gas attack on the ...

U.S. sea patrols fuel war of words in print

| Oct 31, 2015

U.S. sea patrols fuel war of words in print

As this column went to press, the Japanese media had their collective attention focused on a potential hot-spot in the disputed South China Sea, where the destroyer USS Lassen, in a modern-day show of “gunboat diplomacy,” took an in-your-face drive-by (or sail-by if you ...