The real long-term problem faced by America is not the U.S. president. It's the crumbling legitimacy of the entire U.S. system of government.
For Colin P.A. Jones's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A 'hostage-based' criminal justice system, second arrests and trial by public all play a part in a case that the world is watching.
"You may not put more than three pencils in your pencil box/ If you wish to speak in class, raise your hand forward at a 70-degree angle/ No going to the toilet in groups/ You must finish using the toilet within seven minutes/ Use ...
Possession and receipt of marijuana are illegal for Japanese citizens even overseas, but don't expect urine checks at immigration.
Culture of over-regulation helps explain the country's persistent problem with data falsification.
Disciplinary hearings for outspoken jurist over a dog-dumping story can only damage Japan's judiciary.
Read all about it in the government's daily gazette, from laws and notices of naughtiness to deaths and even poetry.
With over 1,000 courts but less than 4,000 judges, somehow 3.5 million cases get cleared every year.
Dogged father in Hague Convention case shines a light on a check-and-balance on the judiciary that barely functions.
Punishing migrant children for the sins of their parents is both stupid and contrary to fundamental American ideals.