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Expat Bloggers in Japan

In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US.

While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians - with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives - wield actual decisionmaking power. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In January 2009, Japan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.

We have tracked down the most popular and highest quality expat bloggers in Japan. The most recent articles from these bloggers are aggregated below.

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A Misspent Life
A Nanay in Japan
Adekun's Blog
Adventures in Nagoya Japan
Between Tunisia and Japan
Bits of Japan from a Fat Northern Lass
Black Tokyo
Brilliant Authors on the Planet
Candy Kawaii Lover
Chris's English School
Chris at Waseda
Cleverlearn English Language Institute (CELI)
Daily Onigiri
Disappointed Idealist
Dolphin Hotel
Fukuoka Dreaming
Gaijin Housewife in Japan
Gaijin Mama
Glimpses of Japan
Goya Republic
Homemade Japan
Inaka Weekends
In the Pines
International Marriage?!? What the heck is that?!?
Japan Explained
John Turningpin's Mad Tokyo
Kate's Quests
Kari in Japan
KenElwood: Rewilding in Japan
Kimono Karen
Let's Japan.org
Life with Hubby
Lioness in Japan
Little Moose In Kansai
Lulu @ Cherry Blossom Adventures
More Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan
Mottekaero Mister Donuts
My Interest
Nippon: until Death Do Us Part
Osaka Insider: A Blog
Paolo's World
Portraits of an Island People
Spam From Japan
Teacher's Log Japan
The Mighty Detour
The Soy Bean
Togeii's Weblog
Tokyo Nights
Urban Postcards Japan: Stephen Crawford

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Spam from Japan
SpamFromJapan (AKA William) was born in London in the UK. He’s an English teacher in Japan and works semi-professionally as a writer (meaning that he got paid for it once).


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