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Chihiro Kai

Chihiro Kai is a senior journalism student at the University of Kansas with a background in evolutionary biology and a blackbelt in Shorinji Kempo.
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Live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Closing Ceremony

By Chihiro Kai (This article was completed 22:06) As I sit here in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium press section, the seats are vibrating from the music and bass blasting out…

The Vaccination Game: The Self-Defense Forces Vaccination Center was run smoothly but no-appointment days are over

The large-scale Self-Defense Forces vaccination center near Otemachi, Tokyo, doesn’t open for another 70 minutes, and there is already a line of people looping around the large, brown, 16 story…

The People of Tokyo Hate The Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Why do they protest?

Yesterday, June 23rd, marked one month before the opening of the “cursed” Tokyo 2020 Olympics and hundreds of residents marked the occasion by holding a protest in front of the…

Pandemic highlights Japan’s historical lack of leadership and management

By Chihiro Kai “My evaluation of the Japanese COVID measures is that they are purely optimism based with no evidence, no grounds, as well as with very much a normative…

Japan Solves Coronavirus Crisis With Magical Math

By Chihiro Kai. Edited by Jake Adelstein Suddenly, Japan which was facing a severe fourth wave of coronavirus infections, serious illnesses and death seems to be out of the woods!…