Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman is a fiction and nonfiction writer who has lived in Hokkaido by the sea almost as long as he can remember. He has been contributing regularly to The Japan Times for 10 years. His latest novel is “The Naked Ear” (VBW/Blackcover Books, 2012).

For Michael Hoffman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Beneath the chaos, an old new order

/ | Mar 12, 2016

Beneath the chaos, an old new order

We are all going to die. Most of us will die miserably — it’s in the nature of things. Hopefully none of us, infirm in body and mind, will die falling from an upper story of a nursing care home, pushed to our deaths ...

One slip can sink a salaryman's career

/ | Feb 13, 2016

One slip can sink a salaryman's career

‘I’ve always been shy,” says Kazuo. “Face-to-face communication never came easily to me.” At 48, he’s been out of work five years. He lives with his mother, who’s close to 80 — mostly off her pension. A typical day — typical not only of ...

Is society on the cusp of massive change?

/ | Jan 30, 2016

Is society on the cusp of massive change?

Philosopher Tatsuru Uchida, interviewed earlier this month by the Asahi Shimbun, merely confirms what we all know, or sense, when he says: “This is an age of transition. We’re going through the confusion characteristic of bedrock change.” Transition, confusion — yes indeed. “Global capitalism,” ...

From sexual liberation to liberation from sex

/ | Jan 16, 2016

From sexual liberation to liberation from sex

Young people are forever shocking their elders, and elders, however shocking they themselves may have been to their own elders once upon a time, never fail to play their generation’s perennial role of shocked onlookers to shocking youthful behavior of one sort or another. ...

Still dreaming of an end to household drudgery

/ | Jan 2, 2016

Still dreaming of an end to household drudgery

As amazing as technology’s ability to solve our problems is its inability to solve our problems. (Its tendency to create new problems is a subject best left for another day.) Last month the Asahi Shimbun Globe supplement heralded “the day housework is no more.” ...