Philip Patrick

Why won't David Beckham criticise Qatar?

20 June 2022 10:49 pm

David Beckham has come under fire for failing to speak out about human rights abuses in Qatar. Amnesty International said…

Gareth Southgate doesn't know what he's doing

15 June 2022 7:30 pm

‘The Hungar Shames’ screamed the Sun after England suffered a mortifying 0-4 defeat to the not so mighty Magyars last…

Is Emma Raducanu a one-hit wonder?

3 June 2022 3:30 pm

If there is one thing that could salvage this year’s Wimbledon it would be a decent showing by the tournament’s…

Wimbledon is getting what it deserves

25 May 2022 10:26 pm

What a mess. With just five weeks to go before the start of the tournament, Wimbledon organisers are having to…

Is this the return of football hooliganism?

20 May 2022 7:40 pm

Everton secured their Premier League safety last night, coming back from two goals down to bag a 3-2 victory against…

Ukraine shouldn't get a free pass to the World Cup

1 April 2022 10:18 pm

Should Ukraine be given a free pass into this year’s football World Cup? Boris Johnson has given his support to…

Does Putin’s Judo philosophy explain his sanctions response?

18 March 2022 10:36 pm

Contemplating leaders and their heroes can be a revealing business. Churchill had busts of Nelson and Napoleon at Chartwell (and…

In Japan, being a token westerner is big business

5 March 2022 9:00 am

How to make money as a token westerner in Japan

Kicking Russia out of the World Cup would achieve nothing

1 March 2022 2:13 am

‘There are more important things in life than football,’ said the Polish football federation as they announced their intention to boycott…

How long can Japan keep foreigners locked out?

11 February 2022 11:55 pm

A colleague has posted on the ‘Return to Japan’ Facebook page that his hotel quarantine at Tokyo’s Narita airport is…

The march of South Korea’s anti-feminists

29 January 2022 9:00 am

How men’s rights became a big political issue

Could Covid finally end the tradition of Japan’s dreaded 'bonenkai' parties?

30 December 2021 6:00 pm

John Updike described America as a ‘vast conspiracy to make you happy’. Japan, a wonderful place to live in many…

Why COP26 flopped

17 November 2021 8:08 am

King coal is dead, long live king coal! That might be a fitting epitaph for COP26, which mercifully ended last…

Is climate change scepticism growing in Japan?

10 November 2021 7:15 pm

Fumio Kishida, the newly-installed Japanese prime minister, could have been forgiven for giving COP26 a miss. The opening ceremony in…

The enduring power of Japan’s doomsday cults

6 November 2021 9:00 am

The enduring power of Japan’s doomsday groups

Meet Japan's latest unloved leader

1 October 2021 8:09 am

Japan will soon have yet another new prime minster: Fumio Kishida. He will be the country’s third leader in as…

Farewell, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's unloved leader

4 September 2021 11:05 am

Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga has fallen on his sword. Suga announced today that he will not be seeking reelection as leader…

The rise and fall of the yakuza

29 August 2021 3:05 pm

For the first time in history, an organised crime ‘yakuza’ boss has been sentenced to death in a Japanese court.…

Is Japan about to enter a 'London-style lockdown'?

25 August 2021 4:20 am

Just like the Olympics, which ended a fortnight ago, the Paralympics is set to commence amid a drumbeat of doom.…

Was the Tokyo Olympics a success?

9 August 2021 8:12 am

Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Prime Minister, is a hard man to read. He has a sum total of one facial expression…

Why do the Japanese still seem so ambivalent about Naomi Osaka?

29 July 2021 7:15 am

It had all started so well for Naomi Osaka. Dressed in the colours of the Japanese flag, the tennis star…

Are the Japanese finally embracing the Tokyo Olympics?

26 July 2021 5:16 pm

Such gloom and negativity has surrounded the Tokyo Olympics that cynics were suggesting that, when the grand Olympic countdown clock…

Tokyo's doomed Olympics could be the worst yet

19 July 2021 10:56 pm

The Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympics, which begins on Friday, looks set to be one of the worst in the event’s history. A…

Have Southgate’s England lost their moral compass?

9 July 2021 9:05 pm

Back in the 1980s the BBC Match of the Day opening credits featured a clip of Manchester United winger Mickey…

Japan's punishing workplace culture

28 June 2021 11:24 pm

Are the world’s hardest workers about to get a well-earned break? That seems to be the hope of the Japanese…