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There's nothing weird about 'sexless' Japan

/ | Oct 1, 2016

There's nothing weird about 'sexless' Japan

Japan has somehow earned a reputation as a “sexless” country — a place where men and women have lost their libidos. The reasons given are various but mainly have to do with increased introversion and general loss of sociability among young people.This theme is ...

Tokyo faces declining condominium prices

| Oct 1, 2016

Tokyo faces declining condominium prices

In Japan’s housing market, there has always been one verity: Certain parts of Tokyo will always be popular and, therefore, profitable for developers. However, according to various media reports, that verity may have collapsed, at least when it comes to new condominiums.In its Sept. ...

The ascendancy of a Japanese maestro

/ | Sep 24, 2016

The ascendancy of a Japanese maestro

In the past few months, the media has been pleasantly surprised at the sudden ascendancy of some noteworthy Japanese women, mainly in the realm of politics. Since pianist Hiroko Nakamura passed away in July, the media has been filled with obituaries that paid tribute ...

Renho and the 'pure blood' mythos

/ | Sep 17, 2016

Renho and the 'pure blood' mythos

Despite the best efforts of certain individuals on Twitter, lawmaker Renho became the head of the Democratic Party last Thursday. Of course, those loosely linked online individuals that are sometimes referred to as netto uyo (internet right-wingers) don’t really care about the DP, but ...

Two of Japan's pacifist voices go silent

/ | Sep 3, 2016

Two of Japan's pacifist voices go silent

Rokusuke Ei — writer, broadcaster, raconteur — died on July 7 at the age of 83, roughly two decades after publishing a best-seller called “Daiojo,” which means “Dying Peacefully.” Several media outlets reported that Ei passed peacefully. He’d had Parkinson’s disease for a number ...

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

| Sep 3, 2016

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

The government in Japan is facing an immediate demographic crisis with regards to seniors, whose numbers relative to the general population are increasing rapidly. One of the main problems is where they are going to live out their lives.According to a 2015 report by ...