Amidst the raging global pandemic, people started debating whether going back to the old normal was even possible (or even desirable), or is there a shift in culture coming accelerated by the…

On Sunday, April 12, 2021, Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to don the green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club after holding off challengers to claim victory at the Masters…

Every year close to one-third of the food produced for human consumption is said to be wasted – over one billion tons in total – while more than 820 million people go…

Here are two statements. Guess which one is true.  In late 2020, a major Japanese newspaper reported that a man had been arrested for having a small white powder package of cannabis.…

Spring is a busy period in Japan; a revolving-door time of year with employees jumping between company departments, students graduating and others enrolling, and the cherry blossoms capturing the hearts of the…

I’ve lived in Japan for over 30 years and until this pandemic hit us, I don’t recall ever wearing a mask. I was one of those who thought I’d attract too much…

Toshihiko Koga, a gold medalist at the Barcelona Games in 1992, died from cancer on Wednesday, March 24. He was just 53.  A renowned judoka known for having what was arguably the…

The word “startup” tends to conjure up familiar images. Maybe it’s the tech bros of Silicon Valley, fist-bumping through the halls of an AI-controlled office where the PCs weigh less than the…

Cherry blossom mania has swept Tokyo; be it people lining up for a taste of this seasons’ pink treats or camera in hand, ready to shoot the first sign of blossoms. If…

The Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami At 2:46 pm on that day a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan triggering a massive tsunami. The largest quake to occur in…

Ten years ago the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan struck off the northeast coast of the Tohoku region 24 kilometers below the surface of the water. The ground started to…

It’s been two months since Arashi went on indefinite hiatus, and many are still having trouble coming to terms with the fact that the legendary band is no longer. Chief among them…