Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman is a fiction and nonfiction writer who has lived in Hokkaido by the sea almost as long as he can remember. He has been contributing regularly to The Japan Times for 10 years. His latest novel is "The Naked Ear" (VBW/Blackcover Books, 2012).

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

Japan and Russia: Sharing a view of the West

History | THE LIVING PAST Sep 19, 2020

Japan and Russia: Sharing a view of the West

There are striking affinities between Japan and Russia, noticeable even before either country was fully aware of the other. Both were backward by 19th-century European standards — economically, industrially, scientifically. Both felt it keenly, and responded similarly. Two clashing factions arose in each country — ...