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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Haunted By The Holocaust

Ah, I didn't know about this skit. This is no good. It's like if you did a sketch where the joke was the atomic bombings of Hiroshima or…

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The Music of Cruelty

“I’d strip (one kid) naked and roll him up in cords and make (him) masturbate. I made him eat shit and then performed a belly- to-back-drop wrestling move…

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What This Means (a short-story about love and marriage in Japan during the pandemic)

And then she would pretend to pout which was another cue for me to massage the back of her feet, and then we'd head off to the bedroom…

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The People of Tokyo Hate The Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Why do they protest?

Yesterday, June 23rd, marked one month before the opening of the “cursed” Tokyo 2020 Olympics and hundreds of residents marked the occasion by holding a protest in front…

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"Where Is The Romance?"–a hard-boiled meditation on mating rituals in Tokyo (for V-day)

In a departure from our usual somber posting, I've written an original prose-poem, which is for a friend's upcoming "Where is the Romance" theme party in Tokyo--a pre-valentines's…

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Pandemic highlights Japan’s historical lack of leadership and management

By Chihiro Kai "My evaluation of the Japanese COVID measures is that they are purely optimism based with no evidence, no grounds, as well as with very much…

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Japan’s Monster Mermaid Amabie is Here To Save You From COVID19! (Maybe)

Though the typical Japanese yokai is often grotesque and loves to play pranks on humans, the Amabie is a beach chick that emerges from the sea to foretell…

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Japan Solves Coronavirus Crisis With Magical Math

By Chihiro Kai. Edited by Jake Adelstein Suddenly, Japan which was facing a severe fourth wave of coronavirus infections, serious illnesses and death seems to be out of…

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THE BADGER AND THE STARS (a poem)

This girl will be named Shoko, spirit in flight, and years later when I moved from place to place, hobby to hobby, man to man, she'd lament naming…

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