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:

News outlets fret over the nation's docile democracy

/ | 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 ...

Solitude appears to have an image problem in Japan

/ | Aug 11, 2018

Solitude appears to have an image problem in Japan

"Is solitude an illness?" The Asahi Shimbun raised the question in an op-ed feature last month. Or is it an intensified form of health — a view that informs the monthly magazine Bungei Shunju's treatment of the subject. A child playing alone evokes pity — misplaced, perhaps. ...