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.? ...

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 ...