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EXPATS

Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jul 8, 2013
Police 'foreign crime wave' falsehoods fuel racism
These Community pages have reported many times on how the National Police Agency (NPA) has manufactured the illusion of a "foreign crime wave," depicting non-Japanese (NJ) as a threat to Japan's public safety (see "Upping the fear factor," Zeit Gist, Feb. 20, 2007; "Time to come clean on foreign crime,"...
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 6, 2013
Expats vote at embassies, consulates
Expatriate voters began visiting Japanese embassies and consulates around the world Friday to cast their ballots for the July 21 House of Councilors election.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jun 25, 2013
Authors take polar-opposite tacks as they try to decipher Japanese women
It's an all-too-familiar story: On the romantic front, foreign ladies living in Japan have it bad while the guys do unbelievably well. For every woman who complains about Japanese men's aloofness and lack of communication skills, there is a man who boasts about all the local chicks he's had.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jun 25, 2013
'Yellow fever' and the fantasy of the Asian female
Here is a dumb thing you should never do: watch the 007 caper "You Only Live Twice" with your feminist American girlfriend — a woman of color to boot. In a series renowned for its sexism, the Japan entry takes the biscuit.
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jun 25, 2013
A year on, what you should already know about residence cards and re-entry
Reader CW writes: "I've lived here 35 years and am a permanent resident. Recently I met an American who had just returned through Tokyo immigration and all the information about his work, residence and visa status was on his card but not on his passport. The passport had not been endorsed. Why is Japan...
COMMUNITY
Jun 25, 2013
Western men, on Japanese women: book excerpts
• From "Understanding Japanese Women: Taking the Mystery Out of the Mysterious Women of Japan" by David J. Radtke:
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jun 11, 2013
Japan's Nigerians see symbol of change in masquerade
Anyone wandering the back streets near Omiya Station at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, might have passed a particular office building, unremarkable except for two African men standing on a 2nd floor balcony, rope in hand, lowering a car-sized Ugo (eagle) costume down to the parking lot. One of them was...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / How-tos / LIFELINES
Jun 4, 2013
Hunting for big-foot: Large shoes tough to track down in Tokyo
Buying large shoes in Japan is a bit like trying to find a prime-time TV show that doesn't feature at least one past or present member of AKB48: You know they exist, but it often takes perseverance and a measure of luck to track them down.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
May 14, 2013
Tokyo: What do you make of Gov. Naoki Inose's comments about Muslims and Istanbul's Olympic bid?
I think many people in Japan see all foreigners as fighting with each other, not just Muslims. But, focusing on the positives [and ignoring Inose's negative comments], I see Istanbul as the better option [to be 2020 host].
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 14, 2013
Turks in Kansai fear Inose gaffe indicative of wider ignorance about culture
'Stupid', 'shockingly provincial' and 'a sign of how little Japanese people really understand that part of the world' were among the reactions of Turkish residents in Kansai to Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose's comments about Turkey and the wider Muslim world.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 14, 2013
Inose's slurs anger, bemuse Turks in Tokyo but may boost Istanbul's Olympic bid
It's prayer time at Tokyo's biggest mosque and the congregation is pondering God, community and Naoki Inose, the city's governor, who many here say has revealed himself to be, well, a bit of a bigot.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
May 14, 2013
Police, media must consider plight of those caught in linguistic dragnet
A national media exerts a powerful influence over the lives of members of its society. For example, rumors or untruths disseminated through print or broadcast can destroy livelihoods and leave reputations in ruins.
JAPAN
May 10, 2013
Lower House OKs Hague convention bill
The Lower House on Thursday approved a bill needed to ratify an international treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes, making it certain the Diet will enact it this summer following Upper House deliberations.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Apr 30, 2013
Samurai moms and the art of brood maintenance: a mother from the West's lessons from the East
May in Japan is the perfect month for mothers. Wreathed in the fertile blooms of spring, bolstered by days of absolute perfection, May is also a month of muddy contradiction.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Apr 30, 2013
Tokyo: What are the best and worst things about living in Tokyo?
I love how Tokyo is a big, chaotic mess, unlike my hometown, and I also enjoy getting lost when I am out and about, but the best thing is that I can eat and drink 24/7.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Apr 16, 2013
Tokyo: What have been your best and worst jobs, and why?
My current job is the best I've had. Since 2008 I've worked for a university entrance exam company here. The worst was also here in Japan, when I was working as an assistant language teacher, because I had different bosses, and the job description was so loose that it was far from satisfying.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Apr 9, 2013
Japan's foreign trainee system said still plagued by rights abuses
Last month, a Chinese trainee went on a stabbing rampage at a Hiroshima Prefecture seafood company where he worked, killing the president and an employee and wounding six others.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Apr 2, 2013
Tweak the immigration debate and demand an upgrade to denizen class
Crucial to any public discussion is defining the terms of debate. However, often those terms must be redefined later because they don't reflect reality.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 23, 2013
Hague pledge fails to appease U.S. lobbyists
U.S. groups lobbying for the return of children abducted by a parent across international borders react with skepticism to Japan's plan to ratify the Hague Convention.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE ZEIT GIST
Nov 8, 2011
'My children are my everything — the reason I'm alive'
On Bruce Gherbetti's right forearm, the names of his three lost children are permanently inscribed in a swirling script of dark blue tattoo ink.

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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