Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner is the author of Sweden, published by The Mantle in 2018.

Ben Gazur

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
by Hector Garcia and Fransesc Miralles
Hutchinson (2017), 208 pages

The Little Book of Ikigai: The Essential Japanese Way to Finding Your Purpose in Life
by Ken Mogi
Quercus (2017), 208 pages

Corrie Hulse

I recently had the opportunity to speak with activist and advocate Betsy Kawamura, founder of the non-profit Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. Ms. Kawamura has spent more than fifteen years working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly women who have fled the violent regime in North Korea and are now living as refugees around the world. For this article—and for the work Ms.

Geoffrey Robert Waring

A True Novel
by Minae Mizumura
Translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter
Other Press (2013 ), 880 pages


Shaun Randol

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb—Little Boy—on Hiroshima, Japan. The coyingly nicknamed weapon destroyed a city; over 150,000 civilians were murdered. Three days later the U.S., the only country to use nuclear weapons in war, dropped an even bigger bomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki, killing another 80,000 Japanese people. Soon after, Japan surrendered.

World Policy Journal

by Ananya Vajpeyi

From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals who Remade Asia
by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012)

Vicente Garcia Groyon

Japanese novelist Natsuo Kirino (a pen name) is generally categorized as a crime fiction writer, though given the range and depth of characters she writes about, crimes are incidental to the designs of her plots. Given the social and personal forces her characters struggle against, murder, robbery, or fraud are inevitable, even necessary.

Ed Hancox

One of the truths of human history is that mankind has a tendency to go to war for some pretty stupid reasons; my personal favorite was the 17th century's War of Jenkins' Ear, though in the 19th century the United States and Canada nearly went to war over a pig, which probably would have trumped the unfortunate Mr.

Anthony Brent

The robot gear in the picture above is produced by a company in Japan called Cyberdyne.  According to the Cyberdyne's site, the Robot suit "is expected to be applied in various fields such as rehabilitation support and physical training support in medical field, ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field."

Ed Hancox

Last week I talked about a few stories from 2009 that didn’t receive the attention that perhaps they should have. This week I’ll take a look forward and discuss a few of the events likely to shape global politics in 2010.