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Month: March 2020

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  • Germany calls Japan’s coronavirus bluff. Embassy says, “Nippon is lying. Expect a surge of coronavirus cases.”

Germany calls Japan’s coronavirus bluff. Embassy says, “Nippon is lying. Expect a surge of coronavirus cases.”

–a short polemic about an incubating topic Germany has decided that saving lives is more important than saving face. In a rather undiplomatic letter to German citizens in Japan posted…

In Japan, there’s no visible coronavirus epidemic because the government won’t test you for it?

At that point I realized it’s impossible to get a test. I didn’t want to risk going outside and accidentally infecting someone.  Unfortunately, the part which is most frustrating for…

The Art of Sakoku(鎖国) – Keeping Cool and Aloof Behind Closed Doors in Japan (for future reference)

In the meantime, the Japanese got a lot of practice on keeping calm and carrying on behind closed doors, in spite of or because of everything happening in the larger…

“The Only Woman in the Room”/ How The Amazing Beate Wrote Equal Rights For Women Into Japan’s Constitution

Is Japan's peacetime constitution going to be trashed by the ruling party and returned back to the Imperial Constitution, which did not give suffrage or equal rights to women? This…

What You Should Do When Your Employer Tells You “Don’t Come to Work” In Japan (because of the coronavirus)

by Makoto Iwahashi As of March 1st, Japan has already seen more than 900 people get infected by the deadly coronavirus. To avoid contributing to the spread, many businesses have…