Minister of Loneliness

man behind window looking lonely

It was the summer of 2021. I hadn’t picked up on the news that Japan’s prime minister had appointed a Minister of Loneliness. (Apparently the UK had done that a…

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AI Jesus

human hand and robot hand touching index fingers

A 1995 article in The Lookout magazine reported on the world’s first Buddhist “robo priest.” This ministering machine in Japan contained prayers and rituals for various Buddhist sects. Arrangement could…

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Of Mice Rats and Men

mysterious mouse silhouette

To be a country where everything is small, Japan certainly has large mice. Over here, we’d call them rats; but the Japanese call them mice. (That is, the Japanese word…

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