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Alex Sturmey

Alex came to Japan in 2015, after getting too annoyed at the constant rain in the UK, but quickly realised the summers here were even worse. He currently works as a teacher in Tokyo, after spending a year in rural Ibaraki. Alex mainly writes about teaching and surviving the countryside in Japan, but in his spare time, enjoys writing about politics. He also once lit a candle, in his school assembly, with the women who played Hyacinth Bucket in "Keeping up Appearances".

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Culture

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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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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7 Things I Miss About Living in the Japanese Countryside

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

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

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

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6 Wacky Homes in Japan

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

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

Now that's what you call an entrance.

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Is Hanami in Japan Actually All That Fun?

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

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9 Ways to Survive the Japanese Commuter Train

Keep calm and listen to Enya.

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What Trump’s Rejection of the TPP Means for Japan

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

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An Open Letter to Japanese Weather

Dear Japan, we have to talk about your weather.

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Dealing with a Bad Neighbor in Japan

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

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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.

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