A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

| May 30, 2015

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to stop buying dolphins captured during drive hunts conducted by fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. For the past decade, the town has received a great deal of negative publicity because of its dolphin slaughter, and ...

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one

| May 23, 2015

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced the results of a review of energy production costs, which concluded that nuclear will remain the cheapest alternative for Japan over the next 15 years while pointing out that the calculations took ...

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 ...