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THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK

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COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Oct 26, 2017
'Comfort women' issue is far from black and white
Despite widespread perceptions, not all 'comfort women' were coerced into that existence, and not all were treated badly.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Apr 21, 2017
Terrorism brouhaha, then and now
A person's definition of terrorism usually depends on what side of the fence they're on.
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COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Apr 3, 2017
Military justice, revenge and an albatross
Japan has produced a great many martyrs, not least in the wake of its defeat in World War II.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Feb 27, 2017
Indiscriminate bombing and legal judgment
Indiscriminate or otherwise, aerial bombing remains the preferred choice of warfare for the United States, which dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 alone.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Jan 22, 2017
Reversing Japanese names for Western use?
When did the Japanese start reversing the family-personal name order for Western consumption?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Dec 28, 2016
What's in a surname? It depends on who you ask
Some women want to keep their maiden names after marriage, yet many others choose not to.
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Oct 21, 2016
Anthem refuseniks, and ancient legends
Japan knows all about people taking a public stand by refusing to rise for the national anthem.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Sep 27, 2016
'No refuge could save the hireling and slave'
Is the U.S. national anthem racist or are the lyrics of the third stanza merely misunderstood?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Aug 28, 2016
The longest U.S. conflict and defining a war
Figuring out when wars start and end isn't always as obvious as it might seem.
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Jul 29, 2016
Terror, terror on the wall, who's the biggest of all?
The word 'terrorist' can and should be applied to a wider range of killers.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Jun 24, 2016
Guns make the U.S. less fair and less tolerant
The numbers make it clear: America has a gun problem.
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Jun 3, 2016
Don't exterminate the zebra mussels or ruffes
'Invasive' species aren't necessarily a bad thing.
COMMENTARY / World / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
May 4, 2016
The complexities of 'they' versus 'xe/him/xir'
The long search to find a way to refer to people in English without relying on gender won't be ending anytime soon.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Mar 31, 2016
'I became temporarily blind, deaf and paralyzed'
Michi Kobi's acting career reflected the way the U.S.-Japanese relations changed over the years.
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COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Jan 29, 2016
American legal principles and the Magna Carta
Henry Mittwer was a man of Japanese and American descent who stood up to the U.S. internment during World War II but in the end bore no rancor for that nation.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Dec 28, 2015
'Allegiance' and what it meant
The road to immigration and assimilation in America has been at times tortuous, as shown by the U.S.' treatment of Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans during World War II.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Dec 4, 2015
Stimson's love of Kyoto saved it from A-bomb
The glories of Kyoto impressed Henry Stimson, and the decisions he made decades later as the U.S. secretary of war.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Oct 28, 2015
Who saved Kyoto from the atomic hellfire?
Many Americans have been given credit for sparing Kyoto from bombings, both conventional and atomic, during World War II, but it turns out that an old secretary of war was responsible.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Oct 1, 2015
Looking back at 70 years before the war's end
Looking back 70 years before Japan's surrender in World War II shows how far the nation has come.
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM NEW YORK
Jul 30, 2015
Colonial management was never a 'charity'
While Japan's rule over Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula may have brought some benefits, colonization is never altruistic.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan