by Nichiai If you are a home, SOHO or a small business PC / net­work user who has a DSL or cable connection to the Internet, most likely you are thinking: “I’m…

by Wayne Craczyk Six months ago, professional sports agent Arn Tellem never dreamed he would be the one to represent Japanese superstar free agent pro baseball player Hideki Matsui. Tellem figured Matsui,…

by Ev. Kenny Joseph Walk into any big store, and it’s great to hear Christmas carols. Wish more were in Japanese, though. The popular carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” has hidden…

by Jim Merk Gentle eyes and a calm demeanor belie the energy and agenda of Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, bet­ter known simply as M.S. Swaminathan or Professor Swaminathan. Yet, this man has not…

by Henry Scott Stokes How can I reach my ageing mother Who waits for me at home Not knowing that I am about to die? A last poem by 2nd Lt. Shigeru…

by James Bailey Kids today! Fourth graders directing obscene taunts at their teachers, sixth graders are walk­ing out of classrooms when they damn well please, schoolgirls are selling their bodies, schoolboys are…

by Wayne Graczyk There must be baseball in heaven, for God has recently seen fit to call home five personalities to staff the League of the Great Beyond: a Major League broad­caster,…

by Miranda Kenrick Daniel Defoe’s masterpiece Robinson Crusoe comes out in 1719 and has never since been out of print. Yet how easily it might never have been written and even more…

by Corky Alexander Long way from The Apple, Hermosa Beach, Basin Street or New Orleans, plethora of fine jazzmen (and gals) have found their niche in jammin’ Japan. Between the end of…

by Miranda Kenrick The Land Rover bounces at 10 kph through the bush of southern Ethiopia. We pass clearings where a few mud huts seem to constitute villages. People and animals alike…

by Boye Lafayette De Mente One of the most remarkable things about young Japanese today is an almost obsessive compulsion to “de-Japanize” themselves; “to transform themselves into a new identity.” One day…

by Ev. Kenny Joseph Going to a Thanksgiving dinner, walking past the Tokyo Ginza Church. I pointed out to my wife Lila and friends Rick and Toni Chase, “This is where our…