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

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

Alien Invasions

Alien Invasions
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...

How was Your Shirt Made?

How was Your Shirt Made?
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...

Here Come the 2020 Paralympic Games

Here Come the 2020 Paralympic Games
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...

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich
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...

The Thing About Differences

The Thing About Differences
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...

Book Circulation Up; Reading Down

Book Circulation Up; Reading Down
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...

We Only Have One Earth

We Only Have One Earth
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....

Japan’s Borrowed Holidays

Japan’s Borrowed Holidays
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...

Don’t Stand By. Stand Up!

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...

Know Your School: The History of ASIJ

Know Your School: The History of ASIJ
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...

Finding Balance: An Interview with Kristy Raggio

Finding Balance: An Interview with Kristy Raggio
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...

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