Japan  More than any other equally wealthy and complex country, Japan has the capacity to arouse wonder. The frantic lives...
Contents Japan in Numbers The Mythbuster     Tania Palmieri The Number     Matteo Battarra  6 8 10  Ghosts of the Tsunami ...
Sea of Crises     Brian Phillips A writer   s journey to follow the most important tournament in the sumo calendar becomes...
Japan in Numbers  TIME TO EAT   KEEPING IN SHAPE Adult obesity    of population  and world ranking  Tokyo has more restaur...
Ghosts of the Tsunami  Here and on pages 18   19  Tsunami defence walls along the coast of T  hoku, Miyagi Prefecture  whe...
I  met a priest in the north of Japan who exorcised the spirits of people who had drowned in the tsunami. The ghosts did n...
The    Do-It-Yourself    Women For decades following the Second World War women   s work was confined to the home, where t...
Above  A scene from one of the films in the popular series of around forty movies  1969   95  starring the character Tora-...
Why Is Japan Populist-Free  The optimistic analysis of a leading expert on Japan is that, despite Prime Minister Abe Shinz...
Below  Members of a choir at a centre for the elderly in Tokyo. Pages 62   3  The  swimming pool at a Hawaiian-themed park...
Yoshimoto Banana  A Simple Thank You Translated by Meredith McKinney  Yoshimoto Banana   s love letter to Shimokitazawa, t...
Tokyo   s attitude towards the Ainu has changed for the better. As often happens in Japan, the change of direction has bee...
A sumo wrestler waiting for a taxi.  110  THE PASSENGER  Brian Phillips
Family Album Following the huge success of Kore-eda Hirokazu   s Shoplifters, winner of the 2018 Palme d   Or at Cannes, w...
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The Phenomenon  J-Pop CESARE ALEMANNI Translated by Jennifer Higgins  A  ll over the world, sales of CDs and vinyl have be...
THE ALBUM  UNIVERSAL INVADER Newest Model 1992  It was because Japan was a caste society, a society of discrimination, tha...