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

Why lockdown skepticism is growing in Japan

The Japanese, masters of the art of face saving, may be giving us a model of how to move out of corona restrictions painlessly

By Philip Patrick

Nike Japan’s lecturing was bound to backfire

Gaiatsu, or outside power, is a word likely to raise the hackles of even the mildest Japanese person

By Philip Patrick

Education

Why academics hold Thatcher and Trump in such contempt

Now and again I gently take on my Trump-hating colleagues

By Philip Patrick

Why Japan’s new PM is desperate for the Olympics to go ahead

It is debatable whether the Japanese public cares all that much if the games go ahead or not

By Philip Patrick

Japan’s carbon neutral pledge looks like a load of hot air

Suga may have opted for airy rhetoric as he has limited options

By Philip Patrick

Meet Japan’s new PM — installed by a gray coup of party insiders

Yoshihide Suga’s victory was a stitch-up of staggering brazenness for a law-governed democracy

By Philip Patrick

Who could replace Shinzo Abe as Japanese PM?

Abe had hoped that 2020 would be his year

By Philip Patrick

What lies behind the Japanese obsession with face masks?

No one in Japan is checking whether you are wearing a mask or not, and there are no penalties for not doing so

By Philip Patrick

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