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June 14, 2017

Birds of Paradise: What Happened When Abe Met Duterte

As Abe pivots from trade agreement issues with the West, he looks to shore up support a little closer to home with an unexpected ally.

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May 25, 2017

The 6 Types of People You Meet on a Japanese Train

Trains are an unavoidable part of daily life in Japan — they also give life to specific genera of homo sapiens.

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May 5, 2017

7 Things I Miss About Living in the Japanese Countryside

The grass isn’t always greener — especially if it’s artificial.

April 27, 2017

7 Places in Tokyo to Check Out If You’re a Gamer

Welcome to Japan. You’ve reached gamers’ paradise.

April 16, 2017

6 Wacky Homes in Japan

Searching for a new apartment, this writer stumbled upon a whole different set of options.

April 6, 2017

The Saudi King and I: What Happened When Salman met Shinzo

Now that’s what you call an entrance.

March 23, 2017

Is Hanami in Japan Actually All That Fun?

With sakura season underway, one writer asks: Is hanami all that enjoyable?

March 9, 2017

9 Ways to Survive the Japanese Commuter Train

Keep calm and listen to Enya.

March 6, 2017

What Trump’s Rejection of the TPP Means for Japan

Did a 19-second handshake manage to soften the blow?

February 23, 2017

An Open Letter to Japanese Weather

Dear Japan, we have to talk about your weather.

February 16, 2017

Dealing with a Bad Neighbor in Japan

What to do when your friendly neighborino isn’t so friendly?

February 9, 2017

Expectation vs Reality: Google’s New Live Camera Translation

I tried Google Translate’s updated feature and may have uncovered a Japanese conspiracy in the process.

February 4, 2017

The Onsen Summit: What Happened When Putin Met Abe?

What happens in the hot spring stays in the hot spring. But here’s what we know.

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