Why do some old men age disgracefully?

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Dec 16, 2017

Why do some old men age disgracefully?

by Philip Brasor

It's a universal belief that life is unfair, though there are many ways in which people manifest this belief. Some withdraw from the world, while others engage with it in an attempt to correct imbalances. Sometimes this engagement takes the form of anger. The grumpy ...

Does Japan really need more veterinarians?

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jun 17, 2017

Does Japan really need more veterinarians?

by Philip Brasor

The ongoing scandal involving the private educational corporation Kake Gakuen hinges on whether or not Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indirectly pushed the Cabinet to approve a new veterinary department for Okayama University of Science, a school run by Kake, whose chairman, Kotaro Kake, is ...

Japanese tradition denies surrogacy

National / Media | MEDIA MIX May 6, 2017

Japanese tradition denies surrogacy

by Philip Brasor

Most major media covered the March 22 Tokyo news conference where Sachiko Kishimoto of the nonprofit organization Oocyte Donation Network (OD-Net) explained how a woman in her 40s had recently given birth to a daughter who had been conceived using the woman's husband's sperm ...

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 25, 2017

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

by Philip Brasor

During the recent Diet grilling over his alleged involvement in the Moritomo Gakuen land purchase scandal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused his opposition party tormentors of resorting to inshō sōsa. The most accurate English translation is probably "image manipulation," which, in the age of ...