What is Causing Japan’s Latest COVID Wave?

If you have been keeping an eye on the pandemic situation in Japan during the Olympics, you know that it went from around 1,600 daily infections at the end of June to nearly 10,000 per day by the end of July...

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The Yayoi and the Origins of Modern Japan

The Jōmon, the hunter-gatherer civilization that populated parts of the main Japanese islands for most of its prehistory, had by 300BC almost completely disappeared from the archipelago. Life was always difficult in the...

The Many Political Parties of Japan

Today I am going to introduce you to the major political parties in Japan. Don’t get too excited; as is the case with other countries, there is little to party about in Japanese politics. Also, politicians here seem...

Today is Coming of Age Day

Japan has a lot of official holidays—sixteen the last time I counted—but “Coming of Age Day” (成人の日) is one of the most important—or at least it used to be before the population went into decline, the rural towns began...