Michael Hassett

As a Mensan who has an interest in everything numerical, Michael Hassett enjoys examining how numbers are produced and interpreted to indicate societal norms and influence public perception. He arrived in Japan in 1990 and has been an occasional contributor to The Japan Times since 2007.

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

What to expect when applying for college overseas

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Jul 27, 2016

What to expect when applying for college overseas

In a few weeks, my daughter, an American-Japanese dual national born, raised and mostly educated in Japanese in Japan, will begin her first year of higher learning at her dream school — Middlebury College, one of America's oldest liberal arts institutes. Located in the midst ...

Green-fingered <em>gaijin</em> reaps alien harvest in Tokyo

Issues | LIGHT GIST Jul 31, 2012

Green-fingered gaijin reaps alien harvest in Tokyo

Dazed and drenched within Tokyo's oppressive summer furnace, I peered up from my squat through the prism of perspiration in my eyelids to see a figure I had gradually come to know as the grumpy ol' garden drunk. "When 'ja plant 'dem cucumbers?" he slurred, ...