Category Archives: Multicultural

Essay: Ageing female prisoners in Japan

According to the 2013 edition of World Population Ageing, a UN report, Japan was most aged society in the world with 32% of its population being 60 years or over. Italy and Germany came second and third, both with nearly … Continue reading

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Essay : My thought on Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni shrine

As expected, both China and South Korea reacted furiously to Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in late December 2013.  Diplomatic relations between Japan and these countries, which had already been strained, worsened further with no hope … Continue reading

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Essay: The Enigma of Gender Gap in Japan

In March this year, I posted on my blog an essay titled “Japan: The worst developed country for women?”  I mentioned in it that Japan came in 101st in the “global gender gap index” in 2012 out of 135 countries … Continue reading

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Essay : Seeing is believing ?

Recently, I met up with an old friend for afternoon tea in a hotel in central Tokyo.  She arrived at our usual meeting point with a shopping bag.  She had just been to a department store nearby where she had … Continue reading

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Essay: Men and parasols

These few months in Japan with record-breaking temperatures have almost been unbearable to me as I endure my first summer here since 1981.  For me, the summer already started in late May with the air getting sticky, and by June … Continue reading

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Essay: Japan: The worst developed country for women?

The article entitled “Japan: The worst developed country for mothers?” caught my attention when I was looking at the BBC News website (See the article posted by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes of BBC News, Tokyo, on 22 March 2013) the other day.  … Continue reading

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Essay: When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

In the middle of this past September my friend from Tokyo and I visited Grindelwald, our favorite Swiss resort, popular among visitors from all over the world, to enjoy a few days’ of hiking.  We had a delightful view of Wetterhorn, … Continue reading

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