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Long-gone writer tells it how it is

Aug 24, 2013

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

by Roger Pulvers

When Kenji Miyazawa was writing his stories and poems nearly a century ago, Japan was a country with a two-pronged mission: To become the first non-white, non-Christian nation to create a modern prosperous state — and to be the leader of an Asian revival. ...

Aug 24, 2013

Politicians

by Roger Pulvers

They’re just a bunch of scaremongers Raising alarm wherever they can And drinking their fill all the while fern fronds and clouds the world is that cold and dark But before they know it These fellows Rot all on their own Are washed away ...

Aug 24, 2013

Strong in the Rain

by Roger Pulvers

Strong in the rain Strong in the wind Strong against the summer heat and snow He is healthy and robust Free from desire He never loses his temper Nor the quiet smile on his lips He eats four gō of unpolished rice Miso and ...

How green is Tohoku's 'Green Connections' project?

| Aug 17, 2013

How green is Tohoku's 'Green Connections' project?

by Winifred Bird

On its surface, the plan seems like an environmentalist’s dream come true: Take wreckage from the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Honshu and pile it along the washed-out coastline; cover the crumbled concrete and broken ...

Image-flip for male rhythmic gymnasts

| Aug 17, 2013

Image-flip for male rhythmic gymnasts

by Tomoko Otake

Smirks and snickering tend to greet any mention of “men’s rhythmic gymnastics,” as the phrase conjures up images of chaps in tights prancing around swinging ribbons or clutching squeezy balls to their chests like the sport’s female exponents. That couldn’t be further from the ...

Seven years on, and everyone's itching for more

Aug 10, 2013

Seven years on, and everyone's itching for more

by Nobuko Tanaka

To date, including his all-male production of “The Merchant of Venice” that’s set to run next month at Sainokuni Saitama Arts Theater outside Tokyo, Yukio Ninagawa will have staged 29 of the 38 plays attributed to William Shakespeare — and his ambition to direct ...

Exclusive: Red Hat's lethal Okinawa smokescreen

Jul 27, 2013

Exclusive: Red Hat's lethal Okinawa smokescreen

by Jon Mitchell

In July 1969, a leak of chemical weapons on Okinawa sickened more than 20 U.S. soldiers and laid bare one of the Pentagon’s biggest Cold War secrets: the storage of toxic munitions outside of continental United States. Public outrage following the Okinawa accident forced ...

Gender bending in Japan

Jul 13, 2013

Gender bending in Japan

by Michael Hoffman

Do our genitals define us? Increasingly, they do not. Is sexuality more complicated than male/female? Increasingly, it is. Or maybe not increasingly: Maybe the only thing that’s changed over the ages is how much of our true selves society lets us show. The Bible, ...