Beckie Smith is an international education and freelance journalist who also writes about Japan, media, feminism and current affairs. She has a degree in Japanese and spent time living in Kyoto as a student. She blogs at ciswhitefemale.wordpress.com.
05 August 2015 04:14 PM
Allegations made against the family planning services provider may seem shocking, but they're just another attempt to erode women's rights in time for the presidential election
18 September 2014 05:04 PM
There might be a general assumption that there's something seedy about the trend, but there's far more to it
16 July 2014 12:12 PM
The value of Ruby Roman grapes has rocketed since they were first put on the market in 2008 - when they were a snip at just ¥100,000 (£573)
28 April 2014 11:00 PM
The singer has shown a complete lack of awareness of how the video fits into a wider view of Japanese culture
29 October 2013 02:57 PM
These stories gain traction because they support a view of east Asia which is at best patronising and at worst overtly racist
26 June 2013 12:00 AM
Let's hope the senator fights Texas' abortion bill a second time round
10 June 2013 07:15 PM
With damaging misconceptions that are so widespread, educating young people about healthy sexual relationships is a matter of urgency
12 April 2013 10:31 AM
It seems people have been determined to shoehorn Beyoncé into the role of feminist icon for several years
20 March 2013 12:24 PM
She should 'bear some responsibility'; 'his' life was ruined as a result; the perpetrators' lives 'fell apart'? Let's try looking at it from a victim's point of view for once
Shocked at the Japanese pop star who shaved her head for having a boyfriend and betraying band rules? Look around you
05 February 2013 11:57 AM
Minami Minegishi's band AKB48 embody the disturbing schoolgirl fantasy: naïve and submissive, yet unattainable - and the hypocrisy isn't unique to Japanese culture
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'