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.
By Alex Sturmey on January 18, 2017
Emperor Akihito is one of Japan’s most popular emperors. But did you know that he wants to abdicate?
By Alex Sturmey on December 23, 2016
Ever heard of the Senkaku Island dispute? Here’s what you should know.
By Alex Sturmey on December 17, 2016
A brief introduction to Article 9: What is it and why does it matter?
By Alex Sturmey on December 9, 2016
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.
By Alex Sturmey on December 1, 2016
Got time to fill in your English class? Here’s a list of quick games that require zero prep or resources.
By Alex Sturmey on November 23, 2016
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.
By Alex Sturmey on November 15, 2016
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?
By Alex Sturmey on November 7, 2016
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.
By Alex Sturmey on October 26, 2016
Between the good, the bad and the downright absurd, you’ll find it all in the Japanese countryside.
By Alex Sturmey on October 19, 2016
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?
By Alex Sturmey on October 12, 2016
Avoiding boredom and loneliness is key to survival in the inaka. Try these tips to finding your own fun and making friends while you’re at it.
By Alex Sturmey on October 5, 2016
The struggles of learning Japanese in the countryside are real. Here’s what you need to do to survive and thrive.