| Feb 10, 2009

Invest in 'human capital'

Dear Prime Minister Aso, In this era of unprecedented economic turmoil, I urge you to invest in the “human capital” needed to maintain Japan’s position as an economic superpower in the 21st century. Having lived in Japan for nine years and worked closely with ...

| Jan 27, 2009

'Marathon' ritual must change

Recently, my son ran an 800-meter “marathon” at his local elementary school. He received a congratulatory “certificate of achievement” noting his participation and the fact he placed 79th. He has come to dread this annual ritual. It is damaging his fragile self-esteem and emerging ...

| Jan 13, 2009

Digital 'big switch' is big con

Visit any electronics shop and you cannot escape reminders that in July 2011, Japan will end analog TV broadcasts and switch over to digital. After that time, existing analog TV sets will require adapters, but over the next 2 1/2 years most people are ...