Dual nationality is the predicament or privilege of most of the growing population called haafu. With their contributions to society they are expanding what it means to be Japanese.
Laidback Kaz Taira is a genius when it comes to finding new opportunities to downsize.
The issue of bullying in Japanese schools becomes much more real when the victim is your own child. My wife and I found out that it can also become much worse when school authorities participate in the bullying and fail to protect the innocent.
Historian Roberto Baschetti describes the links between Argentine leaders Juan and Eva Peron with Japan and the Japanese, especially with one of their admirers, Makiko Yamamoto.
More than thirty years of woodworking and I still feel like an intern. The lessons I have learned, however, show a depth and intimacy that make me wonder how it is we today call ourselves the “material world.”
Ryuichi Hirokawa has covered war, AIDS from contaminated blood products, nuclear power plant accidents, and other societal problems on the front lines for half a century as a photojournalist advocating human rights. The weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun published an article in its issue that went on sale on December 26 (January 3-10, 2019 issue) revealing that Hirokawa abused his superior position to engage in non-consensual sexual activities with, take nude photographs of, and otherwise sexually exploit aspiring female photojournalists under his tutelage.
Belly dancers may not be something that most people associate with Tokyo, but some young Japanese women are ardent students of the art.
Two Buddhist priests in Kyoto have established a company, Tera Energy, with the objective of combating climate change by selling renewable energy to temples and followers.
For Hayashi, perhaps, plants are an essential part of her narrative as a Paraguayan national; they represent a sense of belonging which does not betray her Japanese ancestry.
Would you want your child to be treated like this? Questions are being raised about whether some schools in Japan need to be better regulated by authorities.