Japan

Phantom of the Orchestra
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.
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
This war is still winnable
November 30, 2014

This war is winnable.

Haunting Photos of Japan's Tsunami Survivors Posing Atop Their Flattened Homes
November 17, 2014

Their homes were swept away and this is all that remains. 

Christopher Columbus Was Both a Crusader and a Villain
But his story is too complicated to only use dichotomies.
October 13, 2014

Yes, he did terrible things. Here's the full story. 

The Japanese Literature Trend That's Half Cupcake, Half Decapitation
August 05, 2014

A new novel shows the darker side of cute.

The Fukushima Fearmongers
What unites the left and right: a radioactive plume headed for the West Coast
March 10, 2014

Welcome to the first major nuclear disaster of the Internet age. 

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.

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