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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

JCP gains ground, but not column inches

| May 16, 2015

JCP gains ground, but not column inches

Years ago a Japanese acquaintance applied for a green card when her American husband decided to move back to the United States. Someone told her she should not say she once voted for the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) during her interview, otherwise U.S. Immigration ...

It's all fun and games until war breaks out

| May 9, 2015

It's all fun and games until war breaks out

Not far from where I live is a kind of amusement park where you can play soldier. It has a lot of chain-link fences and gray structures that look like bombed-out buildings. On weekends, men, and sometimes women, dressed in camouflage and armed with ...

Garden states: looking good on the outside

| May 2, 2015

Garden states: looking good on the outside

One problem with designing your own house is that you don’t necessarily know what it’s going to be like until it’s finished. The company we hired to build ours doesn’t make model homes the way some housing companies do. It’s one of the reasons ...

Fighting to recover from the ocean's wrath

| Apr 25, 2015

Fighting to recover from the ocean's wrath

On April 11, Wataru Takeshita, the minister for reconstruction of the areas most seriously affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, met in Kamaishi with local government representatives to discuss the budget for Iwate Prefecture. After the meeting, the mayor of Kamaishi spoke to ...

The Asahi cries foul on school sports

| Apr 18, 2015

The Asahi cries foul on school sports

Baseball fans were disheartened to learn that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish would be out for the entire 2015 season because of elbow surgery. The right-hander could still have a promising Major League career, but like other Japanese pitchers who have crossed the Pacific, ...

Olympics provide golden opportunity for change

| Apr 11, 2015

Olympics provide golden opportunity for change

While there are many reasons why a city would want to host the Olympic Games, most have to do with money and prestige: The Olympics bring international attention to the host city for two weeks. Consequently, the city has to look its best, but ...