Philip Patrick

Did the people of Tokyo ever really want the Olympics anyway?

1 April 2020 1:47 am

One of the first things you need to learn abut Japan is the concept of honne and tatemae. ‘Hone’ refers…

Has Japan cracked coronavirus?

25 March 2020 8:44 pm

I got back to Tokyo on Friday morning having hastily rescheduled my flight from Britain to avoid new restrictions for entering…

A coronavirus Olympics cancellation would be a disaster for Japan

12 March 2020 7:27 pm

It is fair to say that preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have not being going to plan. In fact,…

Will Japan ban its 'offensive' Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo Olympics?

4 March 2020 8:54 pm

Ant and Dec have done most things in their long careers in light entertainment. But the versatile duo broke new…

Why ‘safe spaces’ are nowhere to be seen on Japan’s university campuses

25 February 2020 10:18 pm

A part-time lecturer and friend of mine was reported to his university last month for making ‘inappropriate comments’ in the…

The BBC has much to learn from Japan’s national broadcaster

10 February 2020 10:59 pm

NHK is Japan’s version of the BBC – it was actually modelled after the Beeb way back in the 1920s.…

Shinzo Abe’s luck is finally running out

22 January 2020 4:17 am

The Japanese are fond of poeticising the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom season, which no sooner reaches its full…