Departing Faculty: Mrs. Kobayashi

Article By: Shin Yazawa Photograph By: Shin Yazawa Name: Deborah Kobayashi Origin: United States Of America Years taught: 2002-2018 Role at St. Mary’s: ESL Teacher and Elementary Substitute Teacher Mrs. Kobayashi has been teaching here at St. Mary’s International School for 16 years. Before joining the faculty as a full-time ESL teacher, she taught as…

#Legalize

Article by Naoki Nomura Image from: reggaesoldierapparel.com For the past decade, the US has been debating about legalizing marijuana. While a handful of states such as California, Washington, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Colorado have legalized its use for both medical and recreational purposes, much controversy surrounds this issue. Recently, the US Congress passed…

Immigration in Japan

Article by Skyler Pang Over the past few decades, Japan has become one of the most rapidly aging societies in the world, with people aged over 65 years accounting for a fourth of its population (Green). The country is now experiencing longer life expectancies, lower birth rates, and a smaller population of working people that…

International Wealth Inequality

Article by Tyson Wang Often times, when people think of inequality, people think of intra-national inequality, in which the top and bottom percentages of people in a country have different incomes. A form of inequality that often goes unnoticed, however, is international inequality. Like its name suggests, it refers to the differences in wealth between…

The 1972 Chess World Championship

Article by Felipe Chertouh The 19th of January 2018 marked the ten year anniversary of Bobby Fischer’s death, and yet, talk of the schizophrenic grandmaster still remains. Fischer played Spassky for the world championship title in 1972, and it was only then that the once relatively obscure game of Chess boomed into total popularity. However,…

Kanto Plains Debate Tournament 2018

Article by Ryan Shimizu “We will give this tournament all that we have, and we hope our hard work will pay off.” This quote is from Timothy Chon, captain of the debate team class of 2018, on the bus to the Varsity debate tournament in ASIJ. The hard work paid off, as St. Mary’s won…

Departing Teacher: Mr. Sharp

Article by Daniel Montalto Name: Daniel Sharp Origin: Canada Years taught: 2013~2018 Role at St. Mary’s: High School Assistant Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning As our school year ends, so does our time with some of our faculty. Mr. Sharp, who has been working at St. Mary’s for five years, is one such faculty.…