Summer Olympics

Foreign Tourists Are Misbehaving, and Japan Is Not Pleased: What’s Going On?

For many years, Japan had been a country that foreign tourists overlooked. This might seem a bit funny at first, considering how influential Japanese cuisine, manga, anime, video games, and technology have been. It was not uncommon to see Western media talk about Japan and the wonders of The Land of the Rising Sun, from…

Make No Mistake About It: The IOC Is Not The Hero of This Story

by Martin Danker Against Tokyo’s objections, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its final decision, and the consensus is simple: the IOC and Tokyo’s governor Koike Yuriko are both losers. What decision was this exactly? Well, the marathon and race walking events during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place in the city of…

Did Naomi Osaka Make the Right Decision?

by Martin Danker Every Japanese person who was born with dual citizenship faces an important decision as their 22nd birthday approaches: should they choose their Japanese citizenship, or should they choose the other one. この投稿をInstagramで見る hisako(@hsk_414)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 5月月15日午前1時23分PDT Citizenship laws can be complicated, and each country will have very different laws that can make…

70,000+ Hospitalized and 138 Deaths: The New Japanese Summer

Japanese summers have always been notorious for being excruciatingly hot and humid. Considering summer vacations tend to be very long and thus the months from June to September are considered peak season, the weather is one of the things foreign visitors have to understand before visiting Japan. The fact that one is getting beach weather…