After five years of covering Japan's African community, a writer reflects on progress since 3/11 and speculates about the future.
Dreux Richard is an American journalist, writer and literary translator. From 2011-2016 he wrote about Japan's African community for The Japan Times. His first book, "Every Human Intention: Japan in the New Century," is coming soon from Pantheon. Born in Washington, D.C., he divides his time between Japan, Nigeria and New Zealand.
For Dreux Richard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The last of a two-part series on Japanese-Nigerian families torn between Asia and Africa.
Caught between instability in Nigeria and isolation in Japan, African immigrants fear the loss of their children's love.
With dysfunctional Japanese immigration policies having led to a sharp increase in incarceration rates among African immigrants, a growing number have given up on integration in favor of living a double life: married with children in both Japan and Africa.
A colleague once told me he didn't want to be attached to lost causes," says academic Norma Field. "I've never understood thinking like that. The bright spots in human history are so few. We should embrace and magnify them.
Gilbert Otaigbe is the current owner of Black Horse bar and nightclub in Roppongi. At the height of his success in the mid-2000s, he owned at least seven bars, clubs and restaurants.
Anyone wandering the back streets near Omiya Station at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, might have passed a particular office building, unremarkable except for two African men standing on a 2nd floor balcony, rope in hand, lowering a car-sized Ugo (eagle) costume down ...
On Jan. 30, 2012, Byron Nuclear Generating Station lost operability to all of its safety-related equipment. At the time, Jim Hazen was the nuclear station operator responsible for the affected reactor, one of two at the Exelon-owned nuclear plant in Byron, Illinois.
This summer, my translator and I stood in Izumi Matsumoto's home-cum-office in Tokyo, where he had just been searching in vain for any original drawings from "Spring Wonder," which was, 27 years ago, the first manga serial he pitched to leading comics magazine Weekly ...
Convinced the recovery in Tohoku will result in the birth of widespread corporate philanthropy in Japan, in the same way the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake prompted the proliferation of volunteerism, Peace Boat director Tatsuya Yoshioka spent a day in June shepherding a busload of ...