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For Alex Martin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hokusai: Examining the enduring allure of a Japanese icon

Art Sep 25, 2018

Hokusai: Examining the enduring allure of a Japanese icon

The year is 1842 and the artist known as Hokusai is in his 80s. He has already lived nearly twice the average life span of his peers, but his advanced age hasn't stopped him from embarking on a 250-kilometer journey from Edo to Obuse, a ...

Minyo Crusaders sing a song from every corner of Japan

Music Aug 30, 2018

Minyo Crusaders sing a song from every corner of Japan

A muffled bass line is soon matched by Katsumi Tanaka's staccato electric guitar riff loosely emulating a shamisen. Congas and timbales start grooving in the rhythm of cumbia before the horn section dives in, setting the stage for Fredy Tsukamoto to belt out a ...

Startup takes stress out of fed-up workers' exit plans

Business Aug 28, 2018

Startup takes stress out of fed-up workers' exit plans

There was the 24-year-old insurance saleswoman who got sick of being yelled at when she couldn't reach her quota. Then there's the exhausted designer who clocked 160 hours of monthly overtime. And the ramen noodle shop employee who suffered stress to the point of ...