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EXPATS

Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / JAPAN LITE
Jul 23, 2014
To appear or not to appear on Japanese TV . . .
If you're in Japan long enough, you're bound to get the opportunity to appear on Japanese TV. But you might want to think twice before you make the leap to 'TV gaijin.'
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jul 21, 2014
Chores, charges and chin-wags: the chōnaikai ties that bind
Perhaps fearing that the entire council could fall apart, some neighborhood associations resort to drastic measures to keep members active and in line. The culture clash is not foreigner vs. Japanese, but traditional vs. modern.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jul 21, 2014
Atami: What do you make of this statue of a jilted gent kicking a girl while she's down?
Gracing the shoreline in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, is a statue unique among the many in Japan that celebrate local legends or famous historical figures: A work depicting a man kicking a woman.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 20, 2014
Limits on 'stop and frisk' open to interpretation by Japan's police and courts
The rules that apply to 'stop and frisk' questioning are set down in the Police Duties Execution Act of 1948, but since the clauses are ambiguous and contradictory, there have been a lot of arguments about the legal limits on this kind of behavior,
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jul 16, 2014
Unpacking koto: retain, discard and repeat as necessary
Unpacking koto — the intangible baggage — in Japan has proven to be the challenge of a lifetime, replete with enough drama and trauma to keep me knee deep in 'think pieces' till I keel over.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jul 13, 2014
Shifting from the SOFA to permanent residency
An American civilian worker on a U.S. military base who has plans to retire here with his older Japanese wife wonders what will happen to his visa status if she predeceases him.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / COMMUNITY CHEST
Jul 7, 2014
Letters: adoption from Japan, book bores, returnees, workers' rights and fleeing U.S. guns
Some letters in response to recent articles in the Community section about a wide range of subjects.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jul 7, 2014
Foreign women also face 'maternity harassment'
Non-Japanese women discuss their experiences of mata-hara, or 'maternity harassment' — discrimination in the workplace against women who are pregnant, on child-care leave or have returned to work after giving birth.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jul 2, 2014
Complexes continue to color Japan's ambivalent ties to the outside world
A sense of isolation gave rise to Japan's 'cult of uniqueness,' which still dominates Japan's self-image today, constantly vacillating between superiority and inferiority when dealing with foreigners.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 30, 2014
Tokyo: What can Japan learn from its dismal World Cup experience?
In the wake of Japan's early exit from the competition, Mark Buckton went looking for answers about what went wrong.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Jun 29, 2014
Cartoonist Ernst captured 'fish-out-of-water' gaijin as they floundered
Having often been told by the Japanese that he would 'never understand' their culture because he was not one of them, American cartoonist Tim Ernst decided to embrace this notion and deploy it creatively.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jun 25, 2014
The naked American at Narita airport
Leaving Narita, stripped of your African accoutrement and any other identifiers that speak to your nationality and sensibilities, you advance through an array of unfamiliar sights and sounds, just as brown and naked as the day you were born.
COMMUNITY / Voices / COMMUNITY CHEST
Jun 25, 2014
Is Japan a haven for expats with psychological problems? Readers discuss
Readers clash on the merits of William Bradbury's recent Foreign Agenda article, 'Japan: a haven for the psychologically troubled.'
BUSINESS
Jun 23, 2014
Foreign maids the talk of Kansai zone
Discussions began in Osaka on Monday on a proposed special economic zone in the Kansai region that will include an experimental program to attract foreign maids to the region.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jun 23, 2014
Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?
Uniting a colorful mix of expats, removed from the context of sectarian strife and the historical Western interference still haunting many Muslim countries, could the Japanese brand of Islam be a showcase for its peaceful essence?
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LEARNING CURVE
Jun 22, 2014
All-consuming school clubs worry foreign parents
School club activities — something that most Japanese parents accept as a normal and desirable rite of passage in their child's development — can leave foreign parents quaking in their boots at what lies ahead.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jun 22, 2014
Until some bright spark works it out, we’re just bathing in the dark
We bathed in strobe light for six months until the fateful day arrived: Our bathroom light had entered that great junk pile in the sky.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Jun 18, 2014
Japan's 'no immigration principle' looking as solid as ever
In contrast to Hidenori Sakanaka's unbridled optimism, I argue that Japan has little prospect of becoming a 'migrant nation' anytime soon.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jun 16, 2014
Harassers exploit Gaba's 'man-to-man' lesson format
The first sign that Olivia's Gaba lesson would be anything but ordinary came when her student insisted during the warmup that he didn't like wearing clothes.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 16, 2014
World Cup 2014 views from Tokyo: Honduras and Iran
A Honduran diplomat and an Iranian-Japanese schoolboy offer the views on their teams' chances in Brazil.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world