Michael Levenson
For Michael Levenson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Lewiston Chief of Police David St. Pierre speaks as Maine Gov. Janet Mills looks on during a news conference after mass shooting suspect Robert Card was found dead on Friday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 28, 2023
Suspect in Maine mass shooting Is dead, official says
The discovery of the suspect's body ends a sweeping search that had forced thousands of residents throughout the U.S. state to remain in their homes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Jun 3, 2023
Mute, unfollow, delete: Experts’ tips for mindful social media use
Don"t be afraid to change things up on your social media feeds — if only to see what effect the difference has on you.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 19, 2023
Canada’s new guidelines for alcohol say ‘no amount’ is healthy
The new guidelines depart from the specific drink limits called for in other Western countries.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2022
First step toward Ukraine joining EU signals solidarity amid war
While Ukraineu2019s accession into the bloc could take a decade or more, the decision sends a powerful message of solidarity to Kyiv and a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2022
A defiant Putin says Russia will flourish without the West
In a speech at an economic forum, the Russian leader called the U.S. a fading power and said sanctions on Moscow, not the Ukraine war, are hurting Western economies.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2022
100 days of war: Death, destruction and loss in Ukraine
Russia's brutal invasion has ripped apart predictions, reawakened old alliances, tested others and spread death and destruction across Ukraine.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2022
As war rages into its 100th day, Russia now controls a fifth of Ukraine
Though battered, depleted and repulsed from their initial drive to capture the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Russian troops have used their superior artillery power to make new gains.
Japan Times
May 28, 2022
Ferocious Russian attacks spur fresh accusations of genocide in Ukraine
A new report by legal scholars and human rights experts said mass killings and deliberate attacks on shelters by Russian forces had established a "genocidal patternu201d against Ukrainians.
Japan Times
May 27, 2022
As Russia diverges from the global economy, Soviet-style scarcity looms
The economic toll on Russia, although difficult to quantify, has spread widely, from its largest companies to its small shops and workers.
Japan Times
May 11, 2022
Ukraine war’s geographic reality: Russia has seized much of the east
Despite flawed planning, poor intelligence, barbarity and wanton destruction, Putin's forces have made significant gains on the ground.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2022
As diplomacy hopes dim, U.S. marshals allies to furnish long-term military aid to Ukraine
Germany's announcement that it would send heavy weapons to Ukraine was one of among many signals that pointed to a further escalation in the war and a disappointment for diplomacy.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2022
In a fiery speech rallying allies, Biden denounces Putin and seemingly calls for his ouster
Ending a diplomatic trip with a speech in Warsaw, Biden described the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the "test of all timeu201d in the struggle between democracy and autocracy.


Janos Cegledy sits in a park in Tokyo's Nerima Ward. The pianist says Japan suits him, “There is a certain civility and politeness here which you don’t find anywhere else.”
The extraordinary life of a Holocaust survivor living in Japan