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

Renho and the 'pure blood' mythos

/ | Sep 17, 2016

Renho and the 'pure blood' mythos

Despite the best efforts of certain individuals on Twitter, lawmaker Renho became the head of the Democratic Party last Thursday. Of course, those loosely linked online individuals that are sometimes referred to as netto uyo (internet right-wingers) don't really care about the DP, but ...

Two of Japan's pacifist voices go silent

/ | Sep 3, 2016

Two of Japan's pacifist voices go silent

Rokusuke Ei — writer, broadcaster, raconteur — died on July 7 at the age of 83, roughly two decades after publishing a best-seller called "Daiojo," which means "Dying Peacefully." Several media outlets reported that Ei passed peacefully. He'd had Parkinson's disease for a number ...

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

| Sep 3, 2016

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

The government in Japan is facing an immediate demographic crisis with regards to seniors, whose numbers relative to the general population are increasing rapidly. One of the main problems is where they are going to live out their lives. According to a 2015 report by ...