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 struggles to keep loneliness at arm's length

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Nov 10, 2018

Japan struggles to keep loneliness at arm's length

Society is crumbling into its component elements. Not only Japanese society. Economic and technological progress worldwide favors — offline at least — individuals over groups. That's good and bad, liberating and isolating. Britain earlier this year became the first nation in history to appoint a minister ...

News outlets fret over the nation's docile democracy

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Sep 15, 2018

News outlets fret over the nation's docile democracy

"Nazism." "Fascism." "1984." "Kamikaze." Strong words, suggestive language. It's going mainstream. An Asahi Shimbun editorial on July 29 drew comparisons between the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Nazis. Sapio magazine in its July-August edition began a discussion of "neo-fascism" — part two ...