Phantom of the Orchestra
March 02, 2015
Mamoru Samuragochi’s story hit all the right notes: a deaf genius whose music inspired a nation. But the “Japanese Beethoven” wasn’t who he seemed.
America, Don't Give Up on Afghanistan
November 30, 2014
This war is winnable.
Their homes were swept away and this is all that remains.
Japan Is Back in Recession—And the U.S. Is Making the Same Mistakes
November 17, 2014
Republicans, take notice.
Christopher Columbus Was Both a Crusader and a Villain
October 13, 2014
Yes, he did terrible things. Here's the full story.
A new novel shows the darker side of cute.
The Fukushima Fearmongers
March 10, 2014
Welcome to the first major nuclear disaster of the Internet age.
Bourbon's Been Dealing With Carpetbaggers Since Long Before a Japanese Company Bought Jim Beam
January 15, 2014
Don't worry. No one's going to mess with your booze.
Yes, Japanese People Have Sex. But Do They Have Menopause?
November 22, 2013
Western newspapers have come up with some creative explanations for Japan’s dropping birth rate, many of which revolve around the (unsubstantiated) idea that Japanese people don’t like sex.
Religion and the Japanese Suicide Epidemic
June 24, 2013
If anything good can come from the absolutely awful attacks on Muslims in Burma, it would be the realization among certain Westerners that Buddhism is not some special "peaceful" faith different from "Western" religions.