What is it like to retire to the Japanese countryside?

Although we used to live in a neighborhood in the middle of Tokyo, upon becoming semi-retired last summer, my wife and I moved to...

Marie Kondo: A Much-Needed Salve, or a Fleeting Fix?

I stare at the overstuffed closet, and the closet stares back. I’ve just moved to Los Angeles, California, 2,000 miles away from...

The Art of ‘Reading the Air’ in Japanese Culture

When I first arrived in Japan, I already spoke decent Japanese and was familiar with many of the Japanese customs, so I assumed that...

Fallout from Carlos’ Great Escape

Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO and Chairman of Nissan, skipped bail and successfully staged a James Bond-esque escape to Beirut. What's next?