Misunderstanding Democracy—and Japan

Japan recently went through a national general election for its House of Representatives. While the opposition parties insisted that they would defeat the ruling Jimintō Party (LDP), the election yielded few...

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National Fear

On a recent trip to Japan, I had the chance to engage in a nomikai with some friends. It is the kind of small-group event where you drink and eat and drink and sing and drink. And the drinks have booze in them. Anyway...

How to be Created Equal

Equality is a defining American value. Based on the Declaration of Independence's core statement that "all men are created equal," Americans today expect conformity with a growing laundry list of egalitarian must-haves:...

Succumbing to our Fears

In his first inaugural address, while America was still plunged in the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt declared, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." It was a bright message for...