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From Catalonia to Hong Kong: Understanding Autonomy with Mr. Johnson 

From Catalonia to Hong Kong: Understanding Autonomy with Mr. Johnson 

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

November 21, 2019

“We believe this is the last stand for our future and freedom.” This quote from a 22-year-old protester in Hong Kong exemplifies the feelings of many of the nation’s young people, who have committed themselves to a taxing and dangerous movement to maintain autonomy from China. They have faced tear gas, ru...

Alien Invasions

Alien Invasions

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

November 10, 2019

Imagine walking down the street in an ordinary Tokyo suburb. What is the last thing you would expect to see? A flock of parakeets? Well, that’s just what I saw one ordinary afternoon as I went for my usual dog walk around my neighborhood. This got me wondering how the heck they got there. In my mind...

How was Your Shirt Made?

How was Your Shirt Made?

Article by Sejin Yu, Writer

November 5, 2019

According to the BBC, global clothing production “now exceeds 100 billion garments per year.” Defined as “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends,” fast fashion has taken over the world. Brands make billions of dollars per year while compe...

Here Come the 2020 Paralympic Games

Here Come the 2020 Paralympic Games

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

October 22, 2019

In terms of media coverage and general awareness, the Paralympic Games have lived in the shadow of the Olympic Games ever since the Paralympics were established seventy years ago. In 2012, NBC dedicated 5.5 hours of television coverage to the Paralympics. The 66 hours allotted for the 2016 Paralympi...

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

Article by Anna Milstein, Writer

June 7, 2019

A few weeks ago, Dohyun Kim and I were lucky enough to interview Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times; she began working for the Times in 2003. She attended ASIJ from second to fourth grade. Ms. Rich initially didn’t want to become a journalist, explaining that “when I was...

The Thing About Differences

The Thing About Differences

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

June 6, 2019

Race. Religion. Politics. Sexual orientation. Lifestyles. Hairstyles. Difference enrichens humanity. Yet difference has too often been―and continues to be―a cause of division. Science teacher Suren Tummala knows well the perception of difference. Born in India and raised in the US, Mr. Tumma...

Book Circulation Up; Reading Down

Book Circulation Up; Reading Down

Article by Lauren Hartz, Writer

June 4, 2019

During activity period and the latter half of lunch, the library is chock-full of people. Look around, and you’ll see students socializing, students studying, students playing video games, and students sleeping. Conspicuously absent, however, are students reading. From 2013-2018, fewer and fewer book...

We Only Have One Earth

We Only Have One Earth

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

June 2, 2019

With the number of news articles all over the internet about climate change and how it is affecting our earth, it is easy to feel as though you can’t make a difference at all. However, this is not true. As an individual, you hold a substantial amount of power. Here are some lifestyle changes that yo...

Japan’s Borrowed Holidays

Japan’s Borrowed Holidays

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

May 29, 2019

Many countries have various traditions to celebrate the holidays of Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas, and in most these holidays have become highly commercialized. This is especially true in Japan, where so many companies use the holidays to promote and sell their products. Hallowee...

Don’t Stand By. Stand Up!

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

May 21, 2019

Bullying prevails in schools and communities around the globe, which is why a few months ago, ASIJ ninth and tenth graders watched the 2011 documentary Bully. This documentary deeply touched the hearts of many, inspiring them to think about bullying in our community. I interviewed a handful of stude...

Know Your School: The History of ASIJ

Know Your School: The History of ASIJ

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

May 20, 2019

ASIJ has a rich history that many students are unaware of, and it stretches far before the move to our current campus. The official founding of our school was in 1902 when it was established as the Tokyo School for Foreign Children. The classes were small in the beginning, but slowly started to gain...

Finding Balance: An Interview with Kristy Raggio

Finding Balance: An Interview with Kristy Raggio

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

May 14, 2019

At one point or another, we have all struggled with balancing what we personally want to do and what we have to do for school. This balance between school work and personal interests is never an easy one to find, and with AP season and finals upon us, it’s just going to get harder. Kristy Ragg...

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