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Arthur O'keefe
For Arthur O'keefe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Dec 21, 2019
'Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu': Japan's Shakespeare sheds light on the common man
Unrequited love, social obligation and human nature collide — with varying results — in "The Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu."
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Feb 10, 2019
The man who set the bar for British pubs in Yokohama
British pubs are everywhere in Japan these days. They, along with their Irish counterparts, are common drinking venues for both expats and Japanese eager for a cozy, dimly lit atmosphere, hearty pub fare such as shepherd's pie, fish and chips, and a tempting variety of draft beers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books / ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES
Sep 22, 2018
'The Journey': Jiro Osaragi depicts a society coming to grips with defeat and occupation
Jiro Osaragi's "The Journey" is an intriguing literary and psychological depiction of a society coming to grips with the aftermath of defeat and occupation.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Jul 5, 2017
Unorthodox acupuncturist's point is to make sure you never have to come back
"It is my job to ensure that patients do not need to see me" is written in large letters on the web page of Thomas Blasejewicz, an acupuncturist from Germany who practices in Hayama.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Jul 3, 2016
Western media cherry-pick facts and phalli to fit the 'no vagina' narrative in Japan
In Western media coverage of Megumi Igarashi's case, a commonly expressed view has been that Japanese society suppresses vaginal art while celebrating all that is penile. This view is untenable.
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Dec 21, 2010
Sagami-Ono, Kanagawa: So this is Christmas, and what have you done (in 2010)?
Johnny Klass (Ghanaian)'Klass' restaurant/bar owner, 40I went to Turkey; it was a nice vacation. It was great! I learned how to make kebabs from a Turkish friend who has 25 restaurant branches there. Having kebab on the menu has improved my business.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Aug 17, 2010
Who would get your vote in Saturday's federal election?
Luke RiganoHigh school teacher, 33(Adelaide)I'd like to vote Labor but I'm disillusioned with their environmental policy. I'd like to see more investment in renewable energy. And I strongly disagree with their Internet filtering policy.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jul 28, 2009
How do you feel about paying into Japan's national health and pension programs?

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves