"Mr. Straight Arrow" is a refreshingly thoughtful biography about the reclusive journalist John Hersey, best-known for his novel "Hiroshima."
Patrick Parr is the author of "The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age."
For Patrick Parr's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which this year falls on Jan. 21, is a federal holiday that marks the birthday (Jan. 15, 1929) of one of the United States' most-revered civil rights leaders. After King was killed in 1968 while standing on the second-floor balcony ...
ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, has made significant progress in the last year, but according to core member Akira Kawasaki the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning coalition is just getting started. ICAN, based in Geneva and launched in 2007, now has around ...
Could Dr. King's nonviolent methods work in Japan, a country with a completely different relationship between government and citizen than in America?
The election of President Donald Trump has changed the way many Japanese people who studied in the U.S. feel about their former host country.
What remains is that egregious, gaudy number: America's 7,000 nuclear weapons, a number that countries without nuclear arms see as a slap in the face.
Survey of Japanese returnees suggests two divergent emotional journeys for those heading back home after a stretch abroad.
Long before Abenomics or his first stint as prime minister, long before he'd risen through the ranks of the Japanese government, there was once a reserved 24-year-old young man who drove through the streets of Los Angeles in search of cultural illumination. It was ...
The first unofficial English school in Japan was "founded" in the late fall of 1848 in a prison cell in Nagasaki.
Surveys of Japanese students learning at a university in the U.S. highlight the peaks and troughs of living overseas.