| Jan 3, 2010

Jake Adelstein: Insider reaching out

by Mark Schreiber

Author Joshua “Jake” Adelstein supposes that if he’d stayed home in rural Missouri and had never come to Japan, he’d probably have become a small-town lawyer or a very happy detective on the local police force. “I was always attracted to the law, probably ...

Finding satisfaction in being ourselves

| Dec 6, 2009

Finding satisfaction in being ourselves

by Eriko Arita

Psychiatrist Rika Kayama is an outspoken doctor specializing in mental illness, a best-selling writer and a popular social commentator. Her latest book, “Shigamitsukanai Ikikata” (“A Way of Life in Which You Don’t Cling to Anything”), has sold 422,000 copies since it was published in ...

Honored U.S. beacon for Japan

| Nov 1, 2009

Honored U.S. beacon for Japan

by Tomoko Otake

Susan Schmidt is a former editor at the University of Tokyo Press who spent 20 years living and raising a family in Japan up until the mid-1990s. She is now executive director of the U.S.-based, 1,500-member Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese — ...

| Oct 4, 2009

Mamoru Mohri: A spaceman speaks

by Edan Corkill

When future historians document the story of Japanese space exploration, 2009 will likely figure as the year when the nation put two high-profile rocket launch failures, in 1999 and 2003, firmly behind it and, quite literally, took off. In June, the nation’s first blueprint ...

Keene: A life lived true to the words

| Sep 6, 2009

Keene: A life lived true to the words

by Eriko Arita

Donald Keene is one of the greatest scholars of Japanese literature and has been highly influential in the establishment of Japanese studies in the West. Now aged 87, the Professor Emeritus of Columbia University in New York has published around 25 books in English, ...

Caring for body and soul

| Aug 2, 2009

Caring for body and soul

by Tomoko Otake

With his shaven head, straight back and deep, calming voice, Sokun Tsushimoto, a newly qualified physician who started practicing at a Tokyo clinic in April, clearly betrays evidence of his long and rich life experience. Until he set out on his eight-year study/training path ...

| Jun 7, 2009

Born but not Bred

by Eriko Arita

Kang Sang Jung is one of the most influential ethnically Korean residents of Japan (zainichi). A political science professor at the University of Tokyo, he also gives lectures around the country, is a regular television commentator and has a column in the prestigious weekly ...

Outsider looking in

| May 3, 2009

Outsider looking in

by Tomoko Otake

Born the son of a yakuza boss in Kyoto, Manabu Miyazaki is now a best-selling author. His life may read like fiction, but he raises social, political and media facts in a manner that’s as frank as it is hard-hitting Manabu Miyazaki is a ...

| Mar 1, 2009

Of money and motherhood

by Eriko Arita

Kazuyo Katsuma is a charismatic economic analyst, best-selling writer and working mother, who has regular columns in newspapers and appears frequently in magazines and on TV shows. Katsuma is considered one of Japan’s foremost writers on the subjects of self- development skills for people ...

| Mar 1, 2009

Of money and motherhood

by Eriko Arita

Kazuyo Katsuma is a charismatic economic analyst, best-selling writer and working mother, who has regular columns in newspapers and appears frequently in magazines and on TV shows. Katsuma is considered one of Japan’s foremost writers on the subjects of self- development skills for people ...

| Feb 1, 2009

Beauty's more than skin deep

by Tomoko Otake

S kincare guru Chizu Saeki’s expertise is such that her abilities have been compared to those of a fortuneteller. She can, for example, determine people’s physical and mental health condition, the key experiences that have influenced them, and even their outlook on life, merely ...