Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

Hot-air ballonist Michio Kanda was trying to break distance and duration records by traveling from Tochigi, Japan to Portland, Ore. Instead, the 58-year-old man has been missing for nearly a week, with his last...

Australian activists hunt down Japanese whalers

If you haven't heard about it already, Japanese fishermen have defied - or at least circumvented - international law and resumed whaling. Mark Schliebs, from Australia's Herald Sun, writes that some Australian activists are ready...

Japanese destroyer hits fishing boat

Two issues ago, the Herald revisited the tragic Ehime Maru accident - an international incident which threatened the amicable US-Japan relationship. Now there's another accident that bears some eerie similarities to the Ehime Maru incident....

Tokyo now home to 10% of Japan’s population

For the first time since 1979, according to this article in the Japan Times, Tokyo is home to 10% of Japan's total population. The primary reason: employment opportunities. But that's not the only thing that...

Osamu Tezuka, “Father of Anime,” to be honored at film festival

If you are familiar with anime, there's a good chance you know the name Osamu Tezuka. If you aren't, well, you probably have no idea who that is. For those unfamiliar with the auteur, he...

Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal From January to April 2021 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As Japan and the world entered 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic was still relentless in the New Year. However, the eyes of...

Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal from November 2019 through April 2020 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At the start of April 2020, Prime Minister Abe declared a nationwide month-long State of Emergency to mitigate the spread...
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Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal from November 2019 through April 2020 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As I boarded my flight to Narita airport at the beginning of November 2019, never in my wildest imagination did...

Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal from July to December 2020 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As Japan entered the first summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a period after the first wave (March 2020 to...

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