Day 1: Chasing stereotypes

My editor has given me a very difficult but extremely important assignment: to seek out American supporters of Donald Trump wherever they may be hiding in Tokyo, leaving no stone unturned. Japan is home to 50,000 U.S. residents but seemingly very few who are willing to proclaim, loud and proud, that the Republican presidential candidate will be getting their vote on Nov. 8.

Tokyo can be a tough place to find Republicans at the best of times. Just take a look at the home pages of both main parties' Japan expat branches: while Democrats Abroad's looks modern, recently updated and has 207 Facebook "likes," Republicans Abroad's appears not to have been touched since 2004, the year George W. Bush was re-elected president after "liberating" Iraq and Mark Zuckerberg launched a social network for students at Harvard.