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Going, Going, Ghosn

Going, Going, Ghosn

Article by Julie Defibaugh, Writer

March 11, 2020

“I am here to expose a system of justice that violates the most basic principles of humanity,” said Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chairman turned Interpol fugitive. Gesturing wildly, at a news conference last month the 65-year-old Brazilian-Lebanese-French desperately asserted his innocence against ...

Coming Soon: A Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags

Coming Soon: A Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

March 9, 2020

We’ve all heard of the slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” to combat the negative impacts of our waste on the environment. When it comes to plastics, we often focus on the last of the three R’s. However, recycling can sometimes actually contribute to climate change. In Japan around 86% of plastics are r...

The Economics of Tokyo 2020

The Economics of Tokyo 2020

Article by Tei Kim, Writer

March 9, 2020

Unless the coronavirus derails the 2020 Olympics, the much-anticipated global event will begin on July 24, mere months from now. Athletes and tourists will start flooding into Tokyo for the games from all over the world. The New York Times estimates that approximately 600,000 people will visit Tokyo f...

Making Change: TEDx Youth Returns to ASIJ

Making Change: TEDx Youth Returns to ASIJ

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

February 24, 2020

On Wednesday, February 26th, the High School will host its third annual TEDx Youth at ASIJ event, which the TEDx team has been working hard on since September. An organization dedicated to sharing and teaching “ideas worth spreading,” TED has hosted conferences and events for over thirty years ac...

Changes Are Coming to the ACT

Changes Are Coming to the ACT

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

February 12, 2020

The ACT is undergoing a major change: starting in September 2020, students who have taken the test previously will be able to take each of the four sections -- English, math, reading, and science -- individually. Right now, students have to take the full test if they want to retake the test, even if it...

The Burning of Australia

The Burning of Australia

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

January 29, 2020

Hundreds of fires have engulfed Australia from September last year. They grew as a result of hot and dry summer weather and strong winds, then exacerbated by the worsening effects of climate change.  Last year is said to have been the hottest year on record for Australia. According to data from ...

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...

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