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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hoarding in Japan isn't as dark as NHK makes it out to be

/ | Aug 11, 2018

Hoarding in Japan isn't as dark as NHK makes it out to be

Thanks to Marie Kondo, everyone knows about the Japanese art of katazuke, or "tidying up." Kondo's books on organizing your things and deciding what items you should throw away have been translated into numerous languages and she's been interviewed by myriad international media outlets. Katazuke ...

Japan's rigid koseki system keeps it all in the family

/ | Aug 4, 2018

Japan's rigid koseki system keeps it all in the family

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Mio Sugita is being criticized for comments she made about how LGBT individuals should not receive government “support” because, biologically speaking, they can’t have children and are thus “unproductive” as members of society. Although the media have covered her remarks ...

News outlets in Japan question belated flood response

/ | Jul 21, 2018

News outlets in Japan question belated flood response

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe probably regrets attending a drinking party thrown by some Liberal Democratic Party colleagues on July 5. Even if he didn’t suffer a hangover, as some reports implied, he was forced to dodge media brickbats over his colleagues’ seeming inability to ...

Rose-tinted views of elderly workers' plight

/ | Jul 7, 2018

Rose-tinted views of elderly workers' plight

The media has been conscientious in its coverage of the need for foreign workers in Japan. A May 20 NHK Special was particularly thorough in its portrayal of Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, which is encouraging Vietnamese laborers to move to the city. Several news outlets ...