Ronald Kessler

For Ronald Kessler's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Fingerprint all Japanese, for safety's sake

| Aug 31, 2010

Fingerprint all Japanese, for safety's sake

If you’re a noncitizen and have entered or re-entered Japan in the last couple of years, you’ve undoubtedly been invited to participate in the wonderful, fun-filled world of biometrics. It’s safe to say that many of you felt as though you were being treated ...

Can't vote? No problem, you're empowered!

| Jun 22, 2010

Can't vote? No problem, you're empowered!

What are you planning to do with yourself this summer? If you’re Japanese, have you given any thought to the country’s upcoming Upper House elections? Here’s a more intriguing question: If you are non-Japanese, have you given any thought to the upcoming Upper House ...

| Sep 29, 2009

Gaijin health coverage: an appeal for choice

Unless you’ve just made it to this corner of the world in the last couple of weeks, you’re probably well aware of the new visa guideline that’s scheduled to go into effect in April 2010. Because of this guideline, foreigners who wish to renew ...