"So how many homes do you have now?"
Foreign nationals in Shibuya give their general thoughts on terrorism, whether conspiracy legislation is necessary to fight it, and how safe they feel in their home and host countries.
Jean Pearce, who for decades helped Japan's foreign community feel more at home in their adopted country through her columns in The Japan Times, passed away peacefully on June 14 at the age of 96 in Washington, D.C.
"Sometimes I feel as if I'm in a jousting tournament in Japan."
"It's raining. You don't have an umbrella?"
After flirtations with city and country, a roaming suburban boy finds that true bliss lies somewhere in between.
People in the greater Nagoya area recount things they wish they hadn't — or had — done.
"One ... two ... three ... four ... five ... six ... 25 ... 26 ... 20-something ... 28 ... 29 ... 30."
Lt. Col. Kris E. Roberts, who found dozens of barrels of hazardous waste buried at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in 1981, reflects on the consequences of that discovery.
"Does this lasagne set already have mince meat in it? I can't tell from the packaging."
"I want to go to either Gusto or Saizeriya (family restaurants)."
The second in a series of selections of unpublished letters about Community stories from the previous year.