| Aug 16, 2013

What being a minority allows us to see

by Amy Chavez

Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before — many times. Someone called your child hafu (half) and you take offence. Or your contract is only one-year renewable, whereas your Japanese coworkers have “lifetime employment.” Or maybe someone called you a gaijin as you walked ...

| Aug 16, 2013

Some words of self-introduction

by Thomas Dillon

Ask what’s good about life in Japan and answers always vary. One foreign resident’s passion is often another’s poison and you can count on similar divergence with what makes Japan difficult. Language, commuter trains, high costs, big bugs — everyone has their own particular ...

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

Aug 9, 2013

Film helps heal A-bombing, and family, wounds

by Kris Kosaka

In a poignant scene in the award-winning 2010 documentary “Atomic Mom,” filmmaker M.T. Silvia tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima atomic bombing victim, as she presents 1,000 paper cranes to Silvia’s mother, Pauline, a former U.S. Navy biologist involved in radiation testing ...