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The New National Stadium Takes a Bow

The New National Stadium Takes a Bow

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

January 24, 2020

As we enter 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, we have gotten one step closer to the much-awaited event with the completion of the New National Stadium, which will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics as well as a few of the sports events. The construction process for...

The School Lunch Crisis

The School Lunch Crisis

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

January 8, 2020

For many of us, three hot meals a day is a given. But for millions of students in the United States, this is not the case. In low-income households, school lunch costs throughout the year add up and end up becoming a substantial economic burden, leaving parents with no choice but to send their childr...

Japan’s Consumption Tax Climbs

Japan’s Consumption Tax Climbs

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

December 4, 2019

Store owners in Japan were tasked with more than just turning a page of their calendars when October 1 arrived: the new month marked an increase in the consumption tax rate from 8% to 10%. Many store owners throughout the country stayed until late at night to update registers and change signs.  The Japa...

The Retail Apocalypse: Forever 21

The Retail Apocalypse: Forever 21

Article by Selina Drysdale, Writer

October 29, 2019

One factor making us at ASIJ stand out among other international schools is our uniform — or lack thereof. Students fill the halls every day, using their clothing choices to reflect their personal style and mood, but it’s also hard to miss the commonalities linking many students to the latest fas...

The Rundown on the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

The Rundown on the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Article by Lisa Neureiter, Writer

October 27, 2019

It came as a shock to everyone when Donald J. Trump won the U.S. presidential election back in 2016. Few expected him to pull through, especially against the political experience of someone like Hillary Clinton.  During Trump’s time in the White House, many norms have been broken. The impeachment ...

The Rugby World Cup is Here

The Rugby World Cup is Here

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

October 13, 2019

Most ASIJ buses pass in front of it every day: Ajinomoto Stadium, otherwise known as Tokyo Stadium. It’s usually a quiet area, but this month there’s more activity surrounding the stadium, with signs and construction workers encircling it. That’s because a number of the 2019 Rugby World Cup gam...

Final Hours: Brexit and the UK’s Parliamentary Crisis Explained

Final Hours: Brexit and the UK’s Parliamentary Crisis Explained

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

October 12, 2019

On the final day of October, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, after three years of fruitless negotiations. Following the result of the “Brexit” referendum in June 2016, where the public narrowly voted to leave the EU by 52%, it was assumed by pro-Brexit politicians that a deal could b...

Global Climate Strike and Youth Activism

Global Climate Strike and Youth Activism

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

October 10, 2019

As flames continue to engulf rainforests and devastating typhoons make their landfalls, students around the world came together in September to march in the streets for one shared goal: global action against the impending doom of the climate crisis. From Tokyo to Senegal to Italy, there were over a million report...

The Olympic Games and Public Transportation

The Olympic Games and Public Transportation

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

October 5, 2019

In less than 300 days, we the residents of Tokyo have a lot to look forward to: the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics will bring many riders to the Tokyo subway system, which is known for its versatility, cleanliness, and ease of use. However, it also happens to be known for its train cars that overspill w...

An ASIJ Alum and His Investor, Jeffrey Epstein

An ASIJ Alum and His Investor, Jeffrey Epstein

Article by Kai Kurosu, Writer

October 3, 2019

One of the many things that the #MeToo movement taught us is that if Ronan Farrow is writing an article about you, you’re in trouble. That’s what happened to former M.I.T. Media Lab director and ASIJ alumnus Joi Ito (‘84). Ito resigned his position as the director of the Media Lab on September 7, “after giving...

Convenience Stores Test Shorter Hours

Convenience Stores Test Shorter Hours

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

May 28, 2019

When leaving students are asked what they’ll miss about Japan, one of the things that come up often are the convenience stores, or konbini. With a multitude of products and services, these stores are ever-present on Tokyo’s streets. One notable feature of these convenience stores is that they are...

Spilling the Green (New Deal) Tea

Spilling the Green (New Deal) Tea

Article by Astrid Wihman, Writer

May 3, 2019

As students at ASIJ, we are frequently faced with questions about our futures — particularly relating to our college choices and careers. Though much of it is needless worrying, it’s all well intended. But perhaps it’s time that our tendency for planning ahead takes on other considerations. We nee...

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