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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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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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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.

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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?

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Senkaku Island Dispute: A Brief Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Surviving the Inaka: The Best and Worst Things About Living in Rural Japan

Between the good, the bad and the downright absurd, you’ll find it all in the Japanese countryside.

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Surviving the Inaka: Teaching in a Countryside Classroom

What are the big differences between teaching in the countryside and teaching in the city? Will your school have electricity? And is Sweden somehow involved with ISIS?

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