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The Student News Site of The American School in Japan

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The Student News Site of The American School in Japan

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Learning to Become a Global Citizen at ASIJ

Learning to Become a Global Citizen at ASIJ

Article by Meredith Michels November 16, 2023

On October 7, 2023, terror struck once again in the Middle East.? Thousands have died in the most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza and a hasty end to the fighting seems unlikely. The headlines...

Is Renewable Energy Completely Clean?

Is Renewable Energy Completely Clean?

Article by Mia Levin, Writer October 26, 2023

As greenhouse gas emissions increase and global temperatures rise, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power have become more and more common, with greater stigma around the use of carbon emitting...

Minimalism: Disinterring a Lifestyle Buried by the Digital Age

Minimalism: Disinterring a Lifestyle Buried by the Digital Age

Article by Kiyomi Miura, Writer October 24, 2023

In a society where consumer markets meet social media to offer a seemingly limitless supply of products, minimalism has been buried under the rubble. Fundamentally it may seem abstract, but the concept...

Navigating the Gray Area: Plagiarism and Inspiration in AI-generated Art

Navigating the Gray Area: Plagiarism and Inspiration in AI-generated Art

Article by Sophia Nielsen, Writer October 6, 2023

With the recent proliferation of AI-generated content, the boundaries of plagiarism and the validity of AI-generated work have been called into question. Arguments have emerged concerning the use of artificial...

The Unreasonable Pressure to Take AP Classes

The Unreasonable Pressure to Take AP Classes

Article by Gigi Isenberg, Writer September 28, 2023

The “Advanced Placement” distinction indicates that classes are above the level of an average high school class. These classes are supposed to be very rigorous and academically challenging, yet for...

Freshmen Face the Transition to High School, Upperclassmen Can Help

Freshmen Face the Transition to High School, Upperclassmen Can Help

Article by Olivia Saroukos, Writer September 27, 2023

Going from middle school to high school can be a scary and overwhelming change for students. Some may feel nervous about the workload, scared about the upperclassmen, or anxious thinking about SATs and...

Local guide and activist Ms. Higa Ryouko begs all who learn of Okinawa’s plight, “Tell your friends and family—that’s all I ask.”

The Political Responsibility of Students at ASIJ

Article by Ryne Hisada, Editor-in-Chief August 31, 2023

On just 0.6% of Japan’s total landmass, Okinawa hosts 70% of all domestic U.S. bases. An overwhelming military presence threatens the peace and sovereignty of its civilians—expressly with regard...

The Future of Business Ethics

The Future of Business Ethics

Article by Lily Stone-Bourgeois May 30, 2023

It’s easy to forget about sustainability when working in business. The sourcing, the by-products, the longevity, and more, all fly out the window in place of increased profits.? But in today’s...

Separating the Art from the Artist

Separating the Art from the Artist

Article by Sophia Nielsen, Writer May 25, 2023

Is it morally wrong to separate the art from the artist? This question invokes a well-discussed debate surrounding hundreds of artists in almost every genre. While many Harry Potter fans have been...

A Tale of Two Asias

A Tale of Two Asias

Article by Sena Chang, Editor May 15, 2023

It was a time of great wealth and poverty, of wisdom and foolishness, of belief and incredulity. A season of light and a season of darkness — where hope and despair existed side by side. This is the...

The Gentrification of Thrifting

The Gentrification of Thrifting

Article by William Michels April 17, 2023

Thrifting is the new luxury. Or is it? Teens and young adults globally have moved away from the uniformity of high-end and mass-market fashion brands in favor of the much cheaper experience that is thrifting....

We Can’t Ignore AI Any Longer

We Can’t Ignore AI Any Longer

Article by Nathan Michels, Section Editor February 8, 2023

As the industrial revolution began, a small group of workers in England incited a rebellion against technology. They were mostly craftsmen, fearing that their skills would no longer be useful in modern...

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