Donican Lam
For Donican Lam's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Aug 12, 2021
Peace Boat goes virtual with A-bomb survivors' stories amid pandemic
COVID-19 distancing measures have allowed the group to hold online events, with hibakusha telling their stories to people around the world.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2021
Nagasaki marks 76th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing
Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged the government to sign and ratify a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, though Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga did not address the issue in his speech.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jul 29, 2021
In-utero A-bomb survivor eager to tell family's story in English
Kazuhiko Futagawa was still eight months shy of being born when Hiroshima was bombed in 1945.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / FOCUS
May 3, 2021
Aged like fine wine? Reviving the forgotten culture of vintage sake
Fine wine is not the only thing that gets better with age, and a venture firm hopes to prove that by reviving the long-forgotten culture of Japan's homegrown vintage sake.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Remembering 3/11
Mar 11, 2021
A decade on, Japan remembers those lost in deadly quake and tsunami
Residents in the severely affected prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m., exactly a decade after the huge quake struck.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Feb 3, 2021
Miniseries 'HodoBuzz' delves into the dark side of Japan's media industry
The series created by Derrrrruq!!!, a team based in New York, calls out sexism, harassment and other issues that are prevalent in the Japanese workplace.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2021
Japan's Filipino community puts down roots and moves past its hostess origins
A minority community made up largely of women, those who have come to Japan from the Philippines have often opted to settle down here for the long term.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2020
Long-awaited final 'Evangelion' film underlines the strength of its legacy
It's been over 25 years since the hit anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” first aired on Japanese television, but fervor among fans is once again on the rise.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2020
Japan's robots fill the void as social distancing becomes the norm
Robots are being deployed in various roles, helping to navigate awkward social distancing issues.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 3, 2020
What Japan's hikikomori can teach us about self-isolation
A month at home in isolation may seem like an eternity for those unaccustomed to a lack of person-to-person contact, but the experiences of Japan's large numbers of hikikomori, or social recluses, may offer some hints on how to stay sane during the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 25, 2020
A Tokyo share house where shelter dogs and humans live in harmony
Share houses in Tokyo come in all shapes and sizes, but a nonprofit organization for rescue dogs has taken a fresh approach with a home where abandoned canines are housemates.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2019
Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic
'Tis the season to be jolly? Well ... maybe not so much if you're single during Christmas in Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 2, 2019
Bubble tea or bust: Japan's ongoing love affair with tapioca
Currently in the midst of its third tapioca boom, Japanese consumers' demand for bubble tea is still going strong.
Japan Times
Oct 3, 2019
Decline in South Korean tourists takes toll on small Japanese firms
Head to the winding streets of Tokyo's trendy Omotesando district on any given day and you'll see young South Korean women taking selfies in front of popular cafes or snapping photos of their logo-emblazoned coffee cups.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2019
Tokyo's 'Little Yangon': Once a safe haven, now a home
Fearing persecution from a government crackdown, a group of refugees came to Japan to start anew. Now they have built a community that focuses the best their culture has to offer.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on