Philip Patrick

Will Gary Lineker be able to keep his election thoughts quiet during the Euros?

15 June 2024 5:00 pm

It is hard to imagine the European football championship, which kicked off last night, was a big factor in Rishi…

Can a government dating app solve Japan’s birth crisis?

8 June 2024 10:00 am

The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that it will soon be in the online matchmaking business. It is launching a…

What’s behind the boom in Japanese fiction?

2 June 2024 3:55 pm

‘There are two things that I can simply not tolerate: feminists and margarine’. This is a quote from the novel Butter by…

How to quit like the Japanese

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Tokyo For many, the idea of quitting a job they hate, of walking into their boss’s office and telling him…

Will this stop players mobbing the referee?

16 May 2024 6:42 pm

The European football governing body Uefa has informed competing nations at this summer’s Euros that only team captains will be…

Why are the yakuza stealing Pokemon cards?

12 May 2024 4:30 pm

A high-ranking member of the yakuza (Japanese mafia) has been arrested in Tokyo for selling stolen Pokemon cards. Keita Saito was…

Why do the Japanese suck at English?

7 May 2024 5:40 am

Tokyo, Japan “Shhh! Now on face to respectable great eels life.” How’s that for the first line of an article?…

Japan won’t forgive Joe Biden for his xenophobia gaffe

3 May 2024 1:39 am

Joe Biden just threw a particularly nasty insult the way of Japan, a close ally of the United States, at…

Scrapping replays could be the beginning of the end for the FA Cup

20 April 2024 4:00 pm

Is time running out for the oldest knock-out tournament of them all? The FA cup‘s obituary has been written a…

It’s time for Ronaldo to retire

10 April 2024 6:09 pm

All good things must come to an end, and that surely now ought to include the footballing career of Cristiano…

The curiously quiet reaction to Oppenheimer in Japan

6 April 2024 5:00 pm

Finally, eight months after its US premiere and a month after it triumphed at the Oscars, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has…

Japan is no country for young men

30 March 2024 5:30 pm

Another week, another fun fact about Japan’s declining birthrate and ageing population to startle and amuse us. Japan has now…

Football is in enough trouble without a ‘regulator’

20 March 2024 5:00 pm

Unlike David Cameron – who famously got in a muddle about which team he supported – Rishi Sunak is a…

Tokyo’s toilets aren’t that great

16 March 2024 9:00 am

What is the world’s best city in which to be caught short? You can imagine a lively discussion on this…

Liverpool fans should stop booing the national anthem

26 February 2024 10:22 pm

Liverpool fans, a significant number at least, booed the national anthem at the Carabao Cup final at Wembley yesterday. It wasn’t the…

Why are Japan’s trains so much better than ours?

25 February 2024 5:25 pm

With six more months of train strikes recently announced it is getting hard to imagine a punctual, anxiety-free railway journey…

Who cancelled Miss Japan?

7 February 2024 8:12 pm

Karolina Shiino, a 26-year-old naturalised Japanese woman originally from Ukraine, has been obliged to give up her Miss Japan title…

Not everyone will miss Jurgen Klopp

28 January 2024 7:04 pm

So, farewell then Jurgen Klopp. What memories you will leave us. You were exuberant, passionate and unorthodox. You ran up…

Why no one in Japan is talking about the Fujitsu Post Office scandal

9 January 2024 10:39 pm

‘They are a national disgrace.’ That was the response of a Japanese friend when I asked for her opinion on…

Is Japan finally embracing immigration?

7 January 2024 5:30 pm

Japan has long been known for its steadfast refusal to submit to the allure of large-scale immigration, as a country…

Japan’s earthquake has brought back painful memories

2 January 2024 10:36 pm

The year 2024 began in the worst possible way for Japan. At least 30 people were killed by a powerful…

Why can’t the BBC leave Agatha Christie alone?

29 December 2023 7:40 pm

I would like to report a murder. It took place in the evening of 27 December in millions of homes…

The admirable humility of Japanese sports stars

17 December 2023 7:33 pm

Who is the best paid sportsperson in the world? Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps? Or Kylian Mbappé? Lionel Messi? Novak Djokovic? LeBron…

Does football really need sin bins to tackle bad behaviour?

29 November 2023 8:35 pm

Here we go again. Just when you thought a period of welcome stasis might have descended on the world of…