'Specialness' shrouds stories of minorities

| Nov 9, 2013

'Specialness' shrouds stories of minorities

by Philip Brasor

As predicted four months ago in this column, in September the Supreme Court ruled discriminatory and unconstitutional the Civil Code stipulation that says children born out of wedlock are entitled to only half the inheritance of legitimate offspring. The government is expected to revise ...

Trouble is brewing on tracks up north

| Oct 5, 2013

Trouble is brewing on tracks up north

by Philip Brasor

Last week the Fuji TV variety show “Real Scope” covered Japanese railroads. Most of the celebrities in the studio were densha otaku (train geeks), so it was one big love-in for railways and the people who operate them. However, the entire two-hour program focused ...

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

| Sep 28, 2013

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

by Philip Brasor

Most of the Olympics-related news reported since Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Games is about projected economic benefits and drawbacks. A lot of construction will take place over the next seven years, but not all of it will be directly related ...

After the bid, critics sound off on Olympics

| Sep 21, 2013

After the bid, critics sound off on Olympics

by Philip Brasor

During the week following the announcement in Buenos Aires that Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese media was saturated with news of the capital’s celebratory reaction. NHK, which will broadcast the Games, was particularly enthusiastic, leading every news report with a ...

Travel shows warp true globalization

| Sep 14, 2013

Travel shows warp true globalization

by Philip Brasor

Now that Tokyo has been given the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the city, as well as all of Japan, will spend the next seven years “internationalizing” (kokusai-ka), a term that becomes fashionable again every few years when something like this happens. ...

Media must take a stand against trolls

| Aug 31, 2013

Media must take a stand against trolls

by Philip Brasor

We live in an age of contention, when any comment can spark righteous indignation. Nominally conservative or progressive viewpoints become meaningless when every response is reactionary. This situation supposedly arose along with the Internet, which provides an unmediated outlet for every voice. Traditional media ...