Japan

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.

Abenomics is the answer
June 12, 2013

When Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his economic program last December, it was greeted with skepticism.

Toyo Ito's Pritzker Prize
An architect with a sense of the body
March 17, 2013

Architecture, by definition, lives a world of big money. Buying land. Commissioning, then giving rein to, while reining in the designer. Doling out fees for structural engineers, HVAC technicians, lighting consultants, work permits. Excavating.

Obama Wasn't Rolled. He Won!
January 03, 2013

It is tempting, in view of Barack Obama’s re-election, to look back on his first term as a rousing success, but it was not. Obama got his initial stimulus and his healthcare bill, but he made political errors in the first two years that helped Republicans retake the House and a majority of governorships in a crucial redistricting year. And in 2011, he made back-room concessions on the budget that seriously imperiled the economic recovery. So I still don’t share Jon Chait’s halcyon view of the Obama presidency.  But Obama learned from the difficulties of his first term.

Poland in the Darkness of World War II
December 20, 2012

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War By Halik Kochanski (Harvard University Press, 734 pp., $35) The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery By Witold Pilecki translated by Jarek Garliński (Aquila Polonica, 460 pp., $34.95)   ONCE, THE Allied history of the Second World War—the Anglo-American history of the Second World War, the Victors’ history of the Second World War—was the only one we thought mattered.

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