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44 articles published


Identifying the 'liberal' in Japanese politics

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Oct 21, 2017

Identifying the 'liberal' in Japanese politics

by Philip Brasor

The current group of conservative public figures in the United States wants to return to an age when certain middle-class values were ascendant, without acknowledging that many of those values were realized because President Franklin Roosevelt implemented progressive social policies and trade unions had ...

Powerful typhoon threatens to drown election turnout

National Oct 21, 2017

Powerful typhoon threatens to drown election turnout

A powerful typhoon is approaching the Japanese archipelago and the stormy conditions it is projected to generate over much of the Pacific coast could lower turnout for Sunday's general election. As of Saturday afternoon, Typhoon Lan had an atmospheric pressure of 925 hectopascals and was ...

Editorials Oct 21, 2017

Slow regional revitalization

The demographic challenges confronting the nation are indeed enormous, but the regional revitalization policy of the Abe administration has so far accomplished little.

Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan

Lifestyle Oct 21, 2017

Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan

by Masami Ito

It's a little past 7:30 a.m. at Shinagawa Station's bustling Konan Exit. The air is crisp on this beautiful autumn morning, with hundreds of people passing through the fourth busiest rail hub in Tokyo on their way to various appointments. Just off to the side ...

Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare's artistic drive

People | WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN? Oct 21, 2017

Cultural disorientation is dancer Yumi Umiumare's artistic drive

by Andrew Eglinton

At a certain level, the act of resettling overseas unsettles the idea of home itself. It ruptures the narrative of belonging that we construct through attachments to people and places. For the immigrant, home is no longer an immutable fact, but a space between memory and desire — always elsewhere. This sense of estrangement is perhaps most strongly felt when returning "home" after a long period of leave. As Czech novelist Milan Kundera once put it, going back reveals "the substantial strangeness of the world and of existence." ...

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Oct 21, 2017

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

by J.J. O'Donoghue

On reading Jonathan Clements’ brief history of the samurai, first published in 2010, you can’t help but see parallels with the recent blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones.” A Brief History of the Samurai, by Jonathan Clements.365 pages ROBINSON, Nonfiction. Clements’ recounts centuries of samurai power struggles, ...

Hanyu earns second-place finish at Cup of Russia

Figure Skating Oct 21, 2017

Hanyu earns second-place finish at Cup of Russia

Yuzuru Hanyu settled for second place on Saturday at the Cup of Russia. American Nathan Chen, the silver medalist at last year's Grand Prix Final behind Hanyu, started the day with a 5.69-point lead over the Japanese superstar and scored 193.25 in the free skate ...

Hawks go up 3-2 on Eagles

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 21, 2017

Hawks go up 3-2 on Eagles

Seiichi Uchikawa and Akira Nakamura homered for the second straight day as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks moved within reach of the Japan Series by beating the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Game 4 win in the Pacific League Climax Series' six-game ...

Hanyu 2nd after short program

Figure Skating Oct 21, 2017

Hanyu 2nd after short program

Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu made two mistakes in his jumps Friday to finish second behind rival Nathan Chen in the men's short program at the Cup of Russia, the first event of the Grand Prix series. Hanyu, last up in the 12-man field, under-rotated ...