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

Lessons about Japan's school catchment areas

| Dec 31, 2017

Lessons about Japan's school catchment areas

A neighbor recently asked us to sign a petition requesting that the local education committee keep a certain elementary school open. Due to falling enrollment, students who attended the school would be transferred to a different one in the near future. Since the ...

Japanese media's hits and misses of 2017

/ | Dec 30, 2017

Japanese media's hits and misses of 2017

The term "fake news" was used in so many different situations this year that it no longer describes an agreed upon concept but rather anything you don't agree with. This is why the U.S. press has had a difficult time making sense of its ...

Fuji TV's home-improvement wrecking ball

/ | Dec 23, 2017

Fuji TV's home-improvement wrecking ball

A popular sub-genre of reality TV is the home-improvement show, and as with many things having to do with television, Japan did it first. On TV Asahi's "The Before and After," which launched as a weekly series in 2002, superannuated, usually cramped properties are magically ...

Why do some old men age disgracefully?

/ | Dec 16, 2017

Why do some old men age disgracefully?

It's a universal belief that life is unfair, though there are many ways in which people manifest this belief. Some withdraw from the world, while others engage with it in an attempt to correct imbalances. Sometimes this engagement takes the form of anger. The grumpy ...

Can a death kill property value?

| Dec 3, 2017

Can a death kill property value?

The apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, where police found the remains of nine bodies in late October is one of 12 units in a two-story wooden apartment building located 10 minutes from Sobudai Station on the Odakyu Odawara line. Each unit consists of one ...

Japan's plan to export arms is lacking ammo

/ | Dec 2, 2017

Japan's plan to export arms is lacking ammo

When U.S. President Donald Trump was here last month, he said Japan should be buying more military hardware from America, and seemed to believe it would. Trump's penchant for talking off-the-cuff is well-known, but Japan's reluctance to address the matter forthrightly may have more ...

#MeToo movement confuses media in Japan

/ | Nov 25, 2017

#MeToo movement confuses media in Japan

During a recent discussion on Bunka Hoso's radio talk show, "Golden Radio," about sexual misconduct in the U.S., the participants wondered if the #MeToo social media movement would catch on in Japan. "Me Too" as a movement was started more than a decade ago ...

Ad money makes the news world go round

/ | Nov 18, 2017

Ad money makes the news world go round

In a Nov. 8 press release, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center announced that Katsuya Takasu, the most famous plastic surgeon in Japan, was no longer a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Previously, the center had been urging the AACS ...