Halloween and North Korean Missiles

Today was Halloween, and while I’ve already discussed the festival’s growing popularity in Japan’s modern “culturescape”, I was introduced to another recent addition to Japanese life. At 9:30 this morning, the local emergency sirens and a guff voice could be heard through the speakers. It was a clear day so it couldn’t have been about a typhoon or tsunami. The ground wasn’t shaking and there wasn’t a raging inferno. Instead, the word “missile” was continuously used throughout the 3-minute period. It turned out that the city’s “Incoming Missile Alert System” was being tested.  Continue reading “Halloween and North Korean Missiles”

Donald Trump, Japan and I

I don’t know if you know this but Donald Trump is set to be the next president of the United States. On the twentieth day of January 2017, President Barack Obama will end his time as “leader of the Free World” and pass the torch onto Donald John Trump. It’s was only last year when the thought of him acquiring such a position of power was seen by many as a joke. But it’s now a reality, and an uncertain one at that.  Continue reading “Donald Trump, Japan and I”