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On Sexual Harassment in Japan (Part 1)
Last week, Ayaka Shiomura, a 35-year-old lawmaker in Tokyo, was raising questions about the role of working mothers in Japan when someone started jeering. “Why don’t you get married?” one voice shouted out. Then another: “Can’t you have a baby?”
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On Not Being Offended by Avril Lavigne in Japan
If nobody in Japan thinks a racist video about the Japanese is racist, can anyone be offended?
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On Being From Somewhere Else in Japan
One of the most useful discoveries of a recent trip to Italy was that I had remembered some Italian curse words overheard during my childhood at my grandmother’s house, where older relatives would engage in a memory contest of their … Continue reading
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I live on Tabard Street in London, one of the original streets leading into the city proper, a site where pilgrims gathered before departing the city (such as those in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales) or upon arriving in it. The entire … Continue reading
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On Life after Japan
The airplane is parked at the far end of a runway, the airport clear outside the portal, the name of my city, Fukuoka, in clear red letters. The mountains are clear in the distance, lush green trees reaching toward blue … Continue reading
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On Facebook Fans and Christmas Miracles
Irrashaimase! This Japanese Life’s Facebook page has just crossed the 2,000 fans mark. To celebrate, This Japanese Life (the book and e-books!) will be marked down by 20%! How lucky we are that this has happened so close to a … Continue reading
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