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:

A world in disarray but Japan appears to sidestep turmoil

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Nov 30, 2019

A world in disarray but Japan appears to sidestep turmoil

The world is furious. From Hong Kong to Chile, Indonesia to Bolivia, France to Iraq, Haiti to Iran, Egypt to Peru, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, have declared war on their governments and social systems, decrying dictatorship, corruption, mismanagement, incompetence, inequality, numbness to ...

Uncontrollable rage is largely a sober phenomenon

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Oct 19, 2019

Uncontrollable rage is largely a sober phenomenon

How we hate each other. The pertinent Japanese word is kireru, suggestive of a sudden outburst of uncontrollable rage. The Asahi Shimbun last month described a kireyasui shakai (a society in which it's easy to lose your temper). Surveying 1,586 individuals at random, it found ...