Two stories this week, both of which I'm quite happy with. First off, I looked into the ever-growing world of English-language YouTubers in Japan. Specifically, I wanted to see if making a living from this — and obtaining the proper visas — was possible. I met up with one of the country's most popular vloggers, [...]
Over at CNN, wrote about Nagoya's emerging industrial tourism sector: Japan's rise to global tech supremacy is legendary. But few realize where the country's important industrial sectors have some of their deepest roots. That place is Aichi prefecture, west of Tokyo. One of Aichi's biggest claims is a key role in developing the Tokaido Shinkansen, [...]
For The Japan Times this week, I wrote two stories. First, I went to the annual Niconico Chokaigi event and did a sort of state-of-the-platform article. You can read that here. I also caught up with the band Homecomings ahead of their new album. Read that here.
Made my video game debut for Kill Screen this week, with an article about efforts to turn the game Splatoon into an esport. "Japanese players embraced Nintendo’s colorful, team-based squid shooter Splatoon with open arms (or tentacles) in 2015. Featuring half-squid, half-human creatures who can swim through the ink that blasts from their guns, Splatoon [...]
I went to the world's biggest robot expo in Tokyo and wrote about it for Motherboard: "At the 2015 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo’s Big Sight convention center, businessmen pinballed between two visions of a robotic future. One was found in the sprawling Industrial Robot Zone, which featured distinctly machine-like machines designed for efficiency. These [...]