Philip Patrick

International

The rise and fall of the yakuza

At its peak in the 1960s, the yakuza could boast 180,000 members spread across more than 20 ‘families’

By Philip Patrick

Sports

Was the Tokyo Olympics a success?

Overall, we heard more about BMX than BLM

By Philip Patrick

Sports

In defense of Olympic soccer

Most of Europe’s star players avoid Olympic soccer like the plague

By Philip Patrick

Sports

Why are the Japanese still so ambivalent about Naomi Osaka?

Though she was welcomed warmly enough, she was not greeted as a prodigal daughter

By Philip Patrick

Sports

Are the Japanese finally embracing the Tokyo Olympics?

The antipathy does seem to be weakening

By Philip Patrick

Sports

Tokyo’s doomed Olympics could be the worst yet

So blighted have the Olympics been that some believe the games are not just figuratively but literally, cursed

By Philip Patrick

Business

Japan’s punishing workplace culture

Excessive office hours are often cited as a contributor to Japan’s alarming population decline

By Philip Patrick

Place

Even a robot assistant can’t help you make sense of Japan

The eccentricity of Japan is all-enveloping and inescapable, from bizarre language to dangerous food

By Philip Patrick

Sports

In defense of Naomi Osaka

It was perhaps Osaka’s very openness and naturalness that was her problem

By Philip Patrick

International

The strange truth about Japan’s climate change target

It is not entirely clear that Shinjiro Koizumi truly understands the environmental brief he is now tasked with

By Philip Patrick

Politics

What Yoshihide Suga wants from Joe Biden

Suga is a prickly character, with limited people skills and little experience in foreign affairs

By Philip Patrick

International

How long before Tokyo becomes Wokeyo?

Japan’s Olympic ‘scandals’ mark the arrival of cancel culture

By Philip Patrick

International

Will the Tokyo Olympics go ahead?

Generally in this pandemic the Japanese have been treated as adults, and trusted to make their own decisions

By Philip Patrick

International

Japan Olympic chief resigns over sexism. But did he have to go?

All of a sudden, the formerly ‘indispensable’ Mori became dispensable

By Philip Patrick

International

Is it all over for the Tokyo Olympics?

If the games are up, the implications hardly bear thinking about

By Philip Patrick

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