The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Feb 17, 2018

The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan

Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy's Dec. 18 issue devoted a four-page article to "Research into Vietnamese." Why Vietnamese? And why now? "Their numbers in Japan have drastically increased," the magazine ...

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jan 6, 2018

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

Four topics dominated Japan's non-Twitter news cycle for the last quarter of 2017. Two involved sports: the signing of 23-year-old baseball superstar Shohei Otani to play for the Los Angeles Angels of the American League; and the resignation of sumo grand champion Harumafuji after ...

Showa's not giving up without a fight

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Dec 16, 2017

Showa's not giving up without a fight

The government has decided that the 31st year of Heisei will end with the abdication of Emperor Akihito 120 days into 2019, on April 30. Then on May 1, Crown Prince Naruhito will become emperor and a new nengō (name of the period of ...