Tag: Japan

The coming transformation

Human society is undergoing a transformation unlike anything our current iteration of civilization has seen in the past. Right now, we are on the outer rim of a brave new technological world. Soon, we will be inexorably immersed in a disturbing new paradigm. These massive changes are touted as “solutions” utilizing digital technologies……


Late, weird and weary

As a late bloomer, I often learn lessons too late to be of practical value. One of those is this: Japan is a weird place. It attracts weird people, and the longer you live in Japan, the……


An American living in Japan

Melancholy observations of an expat.

I am an American and have lived in Tokyo for most of my adult life. I am married to a Japanese woman with whom I have one child…….


There is no such thing as a microaggression

An article on the BBC Capital website titled “The tiny ways prejudice seeps into the workplace” took its presumably majority white readers to task for the unforgivable crime of microaggressions, which it defines as “brief queries, comments or actions sprinkled throughout day-to-day life that make others—particularly those in marginalized groups—feel……


Japan: Reptilian colony?

Having lived in and among Japan and its quirky inhabitants for a couple of decades longer than is advisable for one’s mental health, I have come to the conclusion that if there are indeed reptilian shape-shifters hiding……


North Korea: No way out?

Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a joint statement on North Korea that leaves little, if any room for either side to back……


A club of my own

In his famous letter of resignation to the Friars Club of Beverly Hills, Groucho Marx wrote “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” That is more or less the situation I find myself in today. To be precise, there are few clubs that……


Adrift no longer

While studying philosophy in college, I developed an interest in Eastern thought as expressed through Confucianism and especially religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. For a few years, I took every course offered that had anything to do with India. I read the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, and to this day, I still……


On the outside looking in

Looking back on my life, I realize that I have lived as an outsider for a large portion of it. I have spent many years living among people of different cultures, who speak different languages and have different customs and traditions from myself. I used to think this somehow made me more worldly……


Japan votes for destruction

On Sunday, July 10th, Japanese citizens voted for the destruction of their country.

Currently, Japan is a nation crippled by failed policies implemented by feckless leaders determined to take the country over the edge and into the abyss. The outcome of this election, which overwhelmingly supports the status quo, gave the Liberal……


Islam in Japan

As I have written about here, here and here, Japan is not isolated from Islam’s exodus out of the Middle East. When I first came to Japan over 20 years ago, I never saw anyone wearing Muslim garb. Now, I see women wearing burqa in my traditional working class neighborhood,……


Today Europe…tomorrow Japan?

There are numerous indications Japan will be inundated with immigrants in the coming years. The same problems seen in Europe today are coming to Japan in the near future. There are several reasons why I think this will happen.

Declining population
First and foremost: Japan’s low birth rate. This is one of……


Warabistan

In October 2015, on a quiet Sunday morning in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, a brawl erupted between Turks and Kurds in front of the Turkish embassy. About 600 people were involved in the fight, which broke out as the two groups were set to cast absentee ballots in the Turkish general election:


Don’t appropriate me, bro!

When I see social justice warriors (SJW) pontificating and throwing temper tantrums, I can’t help but think they must never have traveled or spent an extended period of time living in other countries, speaking a second language or struggling to adapt and survive outside their cultural context.

In my experience, traveling to……


98.29% Japanese

Twice each year, Japan’s Ministry of Justice publishes statistics on foreign residents in Japan (current as of June 2015).

Population of Japan: 126,958,000
Non-Japanese residents: 2,172,892

Non-Japanese (NJ) residents make up just 1.71% of the overall population. Not surprisingly, the majority of these are from Asia, which……


Can you keep a secret?

According to a Reuters article, “the upper house of Japan’s parliament late on Friday [Dec. 6, 2013] approved the state secrets act, which toughens penalties for leaks and broadens the definition of official secrets, despite protests by thousands of demonstrators near parliament and criticism from a broad swathe of media and……


Preying on Japan

Of all the lousy fakes and phonies that crap all over our precious mindspace on a daily basis, Stefani Germanotta certainly deserves top billing.

Also known as Lady Gaga, Germanotta is possibly the most cynical and contrived chunk of fecal matter ever shat out of America’s shallow bung hole. This is a……


Ironically, Fukushima means “lucky island”

Remember the good old days when the scariest thing about hearing the word “nuclear” was George W. Bush’s pronunciation? Read on.

Since November 2013, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant, a facility consisting of six nuclear reactors, three of which were destroyed……