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Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Dec 31, 2022
Resilient trade
Comparative advantage explains the efficiency gains of international trade and specialization. But we have learned that we must also account for the reliability of trade.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Dec 30, 2022
Consumed by the fog of ‘waronomics’
Owing to the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many governments today are acting as if they are also at war.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Dec 30, 2022
The road to fascism
Across every dimension, including the economy, the greatest threat to well-being today is political.
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CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Dec 30, 2022
Hirokazu Kore-eda calls for Japanese cinema to support young directors
The Palme d'Or-winning director seeks to change tough working conditions for up-and-coming filmmakers by collaborating with proteges on a new Netflix series.
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WORLD / Society
Dec 29, 2022
Remote workers descend on Mexico City and housing prices surge
The city has become a global hub for foreigners unshackled from their offices by work-from-home policies and drawn to the comforts a salary paid in dollars or euros can afford.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Dec 29, 2022
Dissecting the ties between war and populism
Russia may no longer be the totalitarian society that Nikita Khrushchev ruled six decades ago, but totalitarianism seemingly remains in its DNA.
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JAPAN
Dec 27, 2022
Return to a maskless world still fantasy for Japan
Some feel that much of the motivation for wearing face coverings now simply comes from wanting to fit in with the crowd with 'appropriate behavior.'
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WORLD
Dec 23, 2022
Twitter is said to have struggled over revealing U.S. influence campaign
The situation began in 2017 when an official working with U.S. Central Command requested that Twitter verify some of the military's accounts.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Dec 22, 2022
‘Lonely Castle in the Mirror’: Compelling characters hold the key
The film's storyline, based on Mizuki Tsujimura's novel of the same name, touches on themes of bullying and social anxiety. The plot will transport you, even if the animation doesn't.
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JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Dec 18, 2022
A musical history told through centuries of Japanese literature
The modern ear, tuned to the aesthetics of a different timbre, may find that one era's beauty is another's cacophony.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 16, 2022
If you thought 2022 was a battle, this year's top kanji pick shows you weren’t alone
The kanji of the year for 2022 is used for wars and struggles, while this year's buzzwords referenced sports lingo and a Norwegian pop tune.
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LIFE / Language / Vocabulary Boost
Dec 16, 2022
Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is ‘gaslighting,’ and don't try to tell us there isn't a Japanese equivalent
Merriam-Webster saw a huge spike in people looking up the word “gaslighting” in 2022, and Japan is also no stranger to the concept.
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JAPAN
Dec 15, 2022
Japan to ease restrictions on funerals for people who had COVID-19
The move comes amid growing calls for easing restrictions after many people were unable to take a last look at their deceased loved ones at funerals.
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CULTURE / Music
Dec 15, 2022
Phung Khanh Linh and artists abroad get creative with city pop palette
In 2022, the world tuned in to the glitzy sounds of Japan's bubble era more than ever before. For musicians outside of Japan, their appreciation of the genre goes beyond nostalgia.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 14, 2022
It’s time to wear a mask again, U.S. health experts say
There is strong evidence that masks help to reduce the transmission of several respiratory viruses.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 14, 2022
Man gets suspended term for plane's unscheduled landing due to mask refusal
The Osaka District Court found the man guilty of obstructing the Peach Aviation flight's operation.
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JAPAN
Dec 13, 2022
Japan to restart travel discount program on Jan. 10 after year-end break
Under the revamped program, the maximum discount to be awarded to a tourist per night will be lowered to u00a57,000 from the current u00a511,000.
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JAPAN
Dec 13, 2022
Lingering COVID risk shifts Japan's end-of-year party culture
A recent survey found that 70% of respondents considered year-end parties unnecessary, and many that are happening are being held on a smaller scale.
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BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 11, 2022
Izakaya pubs see spike in bookings for year-end parties
The situation for the 'izakaya' industry has improved drastically from the past two years, when such pubs were deserted amid the spread of the coronavirus.
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CULTURE / Books
Dec 10, 2022
Take a journey through the mythic and mundane in 'The Thorn Puller'
Hiromi Ito's semi-autobiographical, transnational novel probes the complexities of life as it follows the struggles of a woman shouldering an impressive load of family troubles.

Longform

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