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Other Articles by Mark Buckton
Letters from Tokyo
Asia's Biggest Fashion Festas in Tokyo

Special Contribution
By Mark Buckton
The March 3 (Saturday), 2013 saw the 16th instalment of what has become Japan, and Asia's biggest and brightest fashion festas — 30,000 plus young women in the late teen to early 30s age range ...

Korean Girls Shine at Tokyo’s Premier Fashion Show
Special Contribution
By Mark Buckton
Saturday, on Oct. 13, 2012, was a day to remember for the 31,100 fans crammed into Saitama Super Arena just north of the Japanese capital. There to be a part of the now world famous Tokyo Girls Collection ...

China’s Blind-Eye towards NK Refugees Noted in Tokyo
Special Contribution
By Mark Buckton
Saturday (Sept. 22, 2012) was the 51st anniversary of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, an oft-ignored UN pact aimed at preventing signatories from repatriating individuals facing ...

Our Man in Tokyo
Why Is Seoul Afraid of the ICJ?

Special Contribution
By Mark Buckton
The Takeshima-Dokdo problem rumbles on. In as far as the Japanese see, and call them, the Takeshima Islands are an integral part of Japan. At the same time, the islands called Dokdo in South ...

Our Man in Tokyo
Korean Dokdo Actions Smack of Election Year Desperation by Lee Myung-Bak

Special Contribution
By Mark Buckton
It is no surprise Japan and South Korea are once again bickering over a few small islets in seas between the two nations (known in Japan and around the world as the Sea of Japan, and in Korea as the East ...

Judo: The King of Japanese Sports
There is arguably nothing more representative of Japanese culture than judo. Yes, other sports, pastimes and aspects of the society of Japan and her people invoke just as much an image of the Land of ...

Tourism in Early Japan
The world has moved on in leaps and bounds from the days of Thomas Cook kicking-off the global fascination for travel elsewhere — just because ... Japan, like just about every other nation on earth ...

"The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen"
When, about 20 years ago, former Japanese baseball star Hiromitsu Ochiai claimed his countrymen consider individualism as antisocial behavior, he took an oft-expressed opinion further by calling such ...

"The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen"
When, about 20 years ago, former Japanese baseball star Hiromitsu Ochiai claimed his countrymen consider individualism as antisocial behavior, he took an oft-expressed opinion further by calling such ...

Sumo Stars to Vie in 1st Korean Tournament
Tokyo, Feb. 5, 2004 — Originally said to have been performed as a test of strength between two mythical gods, Takeminakata and Takemikazuchi, in order to determine the outcome of an ...

Bushido: Masterpiece As of Yet Unrealized
The 47 Samurai That Never Were
The Future of The Past - Haiku
To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo
Hanshin Hurricane or Fukuoka Fowl
The Day Kanto Shook - 80 Years On




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