Application refused! (bureaucratic flash fiction)

...these foreigners, God help us. They land at Narita, doesn't matter if they don't have two braincells to rub together, the very next day lo and behold they've got a job teaching English. Some crook running a godawful tinpot eikaiwa above a Tsutaya two blocks behind Kawasaki station takes them on after checking they can … Continue reading Application refused! (bureaucratic flash fiction)

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No Reception

This story was inspired by a real life incident which I covered soon after starting a job as a reporter at The Oban Times in 2012. I think it captures some of the hardy, stubborn, self-sufficient quality of folk who work the land in remote places, and tend to define themselves against the cities where power … Continue reading No Reception