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Whenever I'm at the computer looking for some light essay-reading on Japan, I often head straight to Gil Asakawa's Nikkei View archives. Mr. Asakawa does run a blog for NV now, but I find myself really interested in the things posted on Nikkei View back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Life has certainly changed since then!
Mr. Asakawa is a third-generation Japanese American who started Nikkei View as a weekly online column to write about pop culture and politics from a Japanese American perspective. There are a lot of good themes in his writing and plenty of information about Japanese culture presented in a way Westerners can really understand well.
If you're looking for some good reading from a nikkei perspective, I really recommend checking out the column archive or following Mr. Asakawa's current blog!