Amy Chavez has been a columnist for The Japan Times since 1997. Her 'Japan Lite' column focuses on cultural differences between Japan and the West. She has published in newspapers and magazines in Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, U.K., Canada and the U.S. and has been interviewed on BBC and NPR radio. Her books are "Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and be Polite!" (tips on Japanese etiquette that make Japan one of the most polite countries in the world) and "The Widow, the Priest and the Octopus Hunter: Discovering a Lost Way of Life on a Secluded Japanese Island" about her 25 years of living on Shiraishi Island (population 394) in Japan's Seto Inland Sea). She also runs the Books on Asia website.