The Covid-19 crisis became a dominating issue for the world, and Japan is no exception. This is a timeline of the events so far.
The English teacher in Japan subculture has gained a chronicler, as a murder mystery novel has been published set within their world.
An ugly legal battle has broken out in recent months between one of the biggest names in Japan’s multi-billion dollar pachinko industry and his own daughter, who accuses him of trying to pressure her financially to divorce her husband because he is black.
Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori represents the worst of Japan’s politics, melding misogyny with racism.
The coronavirus continues to rampage through society, but 2021 has begun. Unnoticed by some, several coronavirus crisis villages (sodan mura) sprang up around Japan’s capital city in recent weeks. The pandemic has devastated people’s livelihoods as well as public health.
The time has come for foreign residents in Japan to rid themselves of self-marginalizing patterns of thought and to begin to embrace the notion that they live in Japan, work to the benefit of this country, pay their taxes, and thus have a claim on a certain set of rights.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of September 2020.
On August 28, Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s foreign minister, was giving an official press conference to reporters in Japanese. A foreign reporter for Japan Times, Magdalena Osumi, asked some questions in Japanese. When Osumi followed up on a point he left unclear, Motegi responded to her in English.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of September 2020.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of August 2020.