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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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January 18, 2017

High Stakes for Japan: The New Casino Bill Explained

The government recently approved a bill to legalize casinos in Japan after years of debate. Here’s a brief lowdown of what you need to know.

December 23, 2016

The Emperor’s Abdication: What that Might Mean for Japan

Emperor Akihito is one of Japan’s most popular emperors. But did you know that he wants to abdicate?

December 17, 2016

Senkaku Island Dispute: A Brief Guide

Ever heard of the Senkaku Island dispute? Here’s what you should know.

December 9, 2016

Article 9: What is it and why should we care?

A brief introduction to Article 9: What is it and why does it matter?

December 1, 2016

When Trump Met Abe: What Might They Have Talked About?

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.

November 23, 2016

4 No-Prep Filler Games for Your English Classes

Got time to fill in your English class? Here’s a list of quick games that require zero prep or resources.

November 15, 2016

Surviving a Natural Disaster in Japan: An ALT’s Story

What is it like when disaster hits your home in Japan? Evacuated during the severe flooding of his adopted city, Joso, an ALT shares his story.

November 7, 2016

What Would A President Trump Mean for Japan?

The controversial presidential candidate hasn’t held back in his criticism of Japan and its politics, but what would it really mean for the country if he were to be elected?

October 26, 2016

Surviving the Inaka: Leaving the Countryside for the City

Going from an environment where I was surprised to see a building with two floors to a place where buildings would dare to go higher than four was a bit of a shock.

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