Michael Schwirtz

For Michael Schwirtz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Germany says Putin foe Alexei Navalny poisoned with Novichok agent

World Sep 3, 2020

Germany says Putin foe Alexei Navalny poisoned with Novichok agent

Soon after a private plane carrying poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny touched down in Berlin last month, doctors treating him at the prestigious Charite hospital there became so alarmed they called in the army. Navalny was certainly not suffering from low blood sugar, as ...

Reader Mail Dec 28, 2008

Beware Pyrrhic victories on tests

Regarding the Dec. 23 editorial "Scoring the ability to think": The debate over the relationship between rankings on tests of international competition and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-life situations is not limited to Japan. It is an ongoing issue in ...

Reader Mail Aug 3, 2008

Bamboo wood best for chopsticks

I'm sure the article on waribashi made many of us feel guilty for all the times we've used them. Certainly the concept of always using your own hashi is a great contribution, not only assuaging our sense of guilt but also perhaps helping the ...