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Asia Pacific   5 Sep, 2006, 11:44
Mind your manners in modern Japan  
Matt Nighswonger

Respect is firmly on the agenda in Japanese society, says Matt Nighswongeras he sees a society unashamed to encourage politeness.

Asia Pacific   10 Jul, 2006, 23:18
The new treadmills of health-conscious Japan  
Matt Nighswonger

Matt Nighswonger finds his exercise programme is a bit of a highlight of life in Japan.

Asia Pacific   1 Feb, 2006, 15:05
Japan: it is what it is  
Matt Nighswonger

As a summary of a culture, ‘It is what it is’ may sound trite. But Matt Nighswonger backs up his analysis of what makes the Japanese so distinctively different in this thoughtful essay.

Asia Pacific   27 Nov, 2005, 04:50
A Japanese education? No thanks  
Matt Nighswonger

The economic miracle that is modern Japan owes nothing to its educational regime, says teacher Matt Nighswonger in this critical look that uncovers a system failing its students.

Asia Pacific   9 Nov, 2005, 23:18
A very Japanese haven  
Matt Nighswonger

If you’ve been working for a while in one of Japan’s cities, you’ll be looking quite urgently for a rural getaway. Matt Nighswonger finds peace within weekend distance of Tokyo.

Asia Pacific   11 Oct, 2005, 09:19
Baseball, Japanese style  
Matt Nighswonger

Most things happen slightly differently in Japan, and baseball games are no exception. Matt Nighswonger finds the girls with backpack beer packs a bit of a highlight, though the accompanying fish flakes he could do without.

Asia Pacific   13 Sep, 2005, 16:02
A Japanese cure for the summertime blues  
Matt Nighswonger

Time to go to work, but Matt Nighswonger finds himself distracted by a Japenese street festival.

Asia Pacific   26 Aug, 2005, 21:10
Another hot Japanese day  
Matt Nighswonger

Living and working in Japan takes its toll on Matt Nighswonger, in this account from the frontline of Yachiyo, Chiba.

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