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 Japan’s vaccination efforts started in earnest on Feb. 14, 2021, after the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine was approved by the Japanese ministry...

Lost parrot repeats address and is recovered

Who doesn't love a talking parrot? They entertain us in homes, pet stores and, in this particular case, Japanese veterinary clinics. It all started when Yosuke the African Grey parrot got lost in Chiba Prefecture....

How do you say “ohana” in Japanese?

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, "Lilo & Stitch," the popular Disney duo, will be adapted into a Japanese television show called "Stitch" this October. Only instead of Lilo, the orphan who...

Marine accused of rape in Okinawa released from custody

According to this article by Martin Fackler in the International Herald Tribune, the U.S. Marine accused of raping a 14-year-old Okinawan girl has been released from police custody after the girl dropped her accusations. 38-year-old...

Japanese baseball vs. MLB, things get ugly

The other day we blogged about the MLB's opening day between the Red Sox and the Athletics in Japan. We also linked to an article in which Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine called...

Kenichi Horie completes his long mission

In March, we told you about Kenichi Horie, a Japanese yachtsman who was setting sail for Japan from Hawaii on a boat powered by ocean waves. Well, consider the mission complete as of this...

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