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Matt Holland

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16 March 2011

Japan: Earthquakes Moving South? Anxiety Builds in Kansai

Just days after the massive earthquake which struck northeastern Japan, further geological tremors are taking place elsewhere on the island of Honshu. A series of quakes naturally has people living...

16 August 2010

Japan: Ogasawara Islands to be next UNESCO site?

With access limited to a chartered ship which sets sail once every six days or so, the Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島) are assuredly among the least accessible parts of Tokyo (where...

24 May 2010

Japan: 1300 years in the making, celebration in Nara

While both culturally and physically a long ways from the modern capital of Tokyo, tracing back well over a thousand years into Japanese history one comes across Nara, a quiet,...

17 November 2009

Japan: Deer wrangling and antler-cutting in Nara

Nestled in the heart of the Kansai region of Japan, Nara City exudes a subdued atmosphere unique from its neighboring Osaka and Kyoto. If there is a particular symbol of...

21 October 2009

Inheritance tax and children in limbo: adoption in Japan.

Adoption in Japan is a statistically under-represented, multi-dimensional issue. Young families seeking children, inheritance tax-evading grandchild adoptions, conservative opposition to confusing family blood-lines, and loosely regulated groups illegally netting profit...

4 August 2009

The Sun went out over Japan recently.

The Sun grew dark and the morning skies dimmed down just before 11:00am on July 22, 2009 in Japan, where it has been more than four decades since a total...

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