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:

When sensitivity becomes that one thing too many

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Nov 28, 2020

When sensitivity becomes that one thing too many

Sensitivity is agony. In moderation it’s good, but moderation rarely knows when to stop, and soon becomes excess. Excessive sensitivity is a theme taken up by Spa magazine this month. Really, it’s better to be a clod. Your intellect may be sluggish and your imagination ...

Japan’s rocky road to gender parity

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Nov 14, 2020

Japan’s rocky road to gender parity

Japan’s road to gender parity is rocky and potholed. Aera magazine this month chronicles a stumbling, faltering journey. A young father takes a month’s paternity leave. A day care center staff member greets him warily: “We usually deal with the mother.” "Yes,” says the father, “but ...