I'm an American who's spent most of his adult life as an English teacher in Tokyo. I started a blog because I had observations about culture and politics that I wanted to discuss with others. I tend to come at these issues less from a partisan viewpoint than a consideration of the fundamental cultural and political conditions created by the mass desires of the people, which is then reacted to by politicians and culturally significant people.
Is there anything wrong with rooting for athletes only because they're from our country?
In what ways would a flawless democracy be different from the one we have now?
Why do some kinds of suffering elicit outpourings of money and help, and others barely a shrug?