Category Archives: Philosophy

Takae’s Struggle

In early August, I visited Takae, a remote and small district of about 150 inhabitants in Higashi village in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa, to take part in a sit-in against the construction of “Osprey-pads”. Two … Continue reading

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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 : 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: National Wealth and Happiness

Recently, I came across an interesting article entitled “the real wealth of nations” (The Economist, June 30th 2012, p. 75), reviewing the voluminous study, “Inclusive Wealth Report 2012”, published a few months ago by the United Nations.  To date, economists … Continue reading

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Essay: Donkeys and Asses

I had dozed off in the middle of an evening news program and woke up to find it was still on and watched part of a report on a growing number of neglected and suffering donkeys that had been rescued … Continue reading

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Essay: Dowry and Bride Price

In my last blog, I wrote about women in many traditional societies being considered an economic burden because their parents have to pay costly dowries when they marry.  In some societies, however, the groom pays the bride’s family a “bride … Continue reading

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