'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 ...