We shouldn’t wait for the government to deign to divvy out what it thinks foreigners want, as if it’s the omotenashi (hospitality) Japan offers any guest. Instead, NJ residents should be telling the government what they want, on their terms.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of February 2020.
Eclipsed for many decades by its much larger Tokyo rival, Osaka is reclaiming its former status as Japan’s second metropolis. The recent G20 Summit held in Osaka which briefly put the city’s name on the lips of a global audience was indicative of its rising prominence, and is not likely to be the last time in the coming years that it will become the focus of the world’s attention.
The tragedy at Kyoto-based studio Kyoto Animation, known to its fans as KyoAni, in which arson claimed the lives of 34 workers and injured 35 others, is compounded by the fact that the studio had a reputation for providing excellent working conditions, a living wage, and permanent staffing in an industry known for relying on exploitive contract-based work.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of July 2019.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on May 31, 2019.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on May 12, 2019.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported on March 11, 2019.
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.
Lee Birnbaum, from a New York family I have been close to since university days in Boston, messaged me that his friend had been mugged and murdered in Tokyo. Wait, what?