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Public protest in Japan: Power to the people?

by Eric Johnston

“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.” — Article 21, Constitution of Japan “I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience” On Dec. 10, the ...

Most read Life stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Life stories of 2014

From cannabis growers to tips on learning Japanese, these were some of the most read Life section articles of 2014. Cannabis: the fabric of Japan When Junichi Takayasu was 3 years old, a picture book about ninjas changed his life forever. What fascinated him ...

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

Mar 29, 2014

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

by Giovanni Fazio

Shake the hand of Marcus Luttrell, and there’s no mistaking the grip of someone who spent many a year holding a weapon. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Luttrell is your 21st-century war hero, with a book and movie deal relating his near-fatal experiences in ...

Aomori Airport’s Snow Removal Team: 'White Impulse'

Mar 24, 2014

Aomori Airport’s Snow Removal Team: “White Impulse”

When we arrive at AomoriAirport’s terminal building to meet with the airport director, the board hanging behind the information counters near the first floor entrance shows numerous flights have been canceled. With the entire surrounding area covered in white and snow falling steadily everywhere, ...

Euthanasia: the dilemma of choice

Feb 15, 2014

Euthanasia: the dilemma of choice

by Jun Hongo

Euthanasia is an emotionally charged issue for people on both sides of the debate. Proponents of euthanasia argue that a person suffering from terminal illness should be given the freedom to choose how and when they die. Such discourse is given weight by the ...

Walking in the steps of samurai

| Feb 7, 2014

Walking in the steps of samurai

There is no embellished castle tower to keep watch over Sasayama, a city ringed by the mountains of central HyogoPrefecture. Only thick stone walls mark the site where an early 17th-century fortress stood. Even in those days, the castle keep was a relatively unimpressive ...

Jan 16, 2014

Google brats are ruining Frisco for the locals

by John Naughton

Just under a year ago, Rebecca Solnit, a writer living in San Francisco, wrote a sobering piece in the London Review of Books about the Google Bus, which she viewed as a proxy for the technology industry in nearby Palo Alto, Mountain View and ...

Convenience stores turning to the elderly

Jan 16, 2014

Convenience stores turning to the elderly

With the market now saturated, convenience stores in Japan increasingly need to upgrade products and services for the elderly amid the rapid aging of the country’s population. The convenience store business has grown sharply since the first shop opened 40 years ago thanks to ...