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:

Doors to foreign workers no longer slammed shut

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Dec 22, 2018

Doors to foreign workers no longer slammed shut

There's no such place as Imizustan. Warabistan is equally fictitious. "Stan" means "homeland" in ancient Persian — hence Pakistan, Afghanistan and so on. A substantial Pakistani community in Imizu, Toyama Prefecture, spawned the nickname Imizustan. Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, hosts a growing community of Kurds. ...

Second opinion: Should you trust your doctor?

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Dec 8, 2018

Second opinion: Should you trust your doctor?

Do I really need this operation? Is this medication really good for me? Does my doctor really know what ails me? Who can you trust? Which of the following leading Japanese businesses, for example: Nissan Motor Co.? Subaru Corp.? Toray Industries Inc.? Kobe Steel Ltd.? ...