Japan is still a country where its conservative leaders can't survive without showing glimpses of nationalism even as they advocate international cooperation. No way is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nationalistic in the "traditional" mold.
To say that the late Ariel Sharon's eight-year-long coma had given Israel time to "come to terms" with his checkered legacy is a cliche that deserves to be swept away.
That women in Japan are oppressed, neglected, or otherwise compelled to speak well above their natural pitch in formal settings has become a tired, cheap refrain among some American journalists.
"Haiku," edited by haiku practitioner David Cobb, and "Haiku Love," edited by Japanese language scholar Alan Cummings, are both fun books. Originally published by the British Museum, they are sumptuously illustrated with nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) from the museum's collections, each ...
Despite Japan's low birthrate and rapidly graying population, only one in seven Japanese support the idea of increased immigration.
Updating the authorities with knowledge of their Western enemies led to the death by disembowelment of one of the more farsighted Japanese intellects in 1841.
The U.S. Air Force did not send its acrobatic team to the Misawa Air Festival this year because of budget cuts. Military flying machines can be exorbitantly expensive.
Wednesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that soon came to be equated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech, "I Have a Dream." Delivered with what I take to be a Southern preacher's passionate cadence blended into skillful anaphora, the ...
The word from a longtime Tokyo resident is that the jungle crow population, the bane of garbage piles, is finally in decline. Not everyone is happy about that.
I asked a Japanese friend how he would characterize Shiba Ryotaro's famous historical novel, "Clouds Above the Hill." I've known its immense popularity, but Shiba had started its newspaper serialization after I left Japan in 1968, and the size of the finished work ...