Girl group's Nazi-like costume draws online backlash

Oct 31, 2016

Girl group's Nazi-like costume draws online backlash

The idol group Keyakizaka46, a branch of Japan’s top-selling girl band AKB48, has sparked outrage on social media over their Halloween costume, which resembled the uniform worn by Nazi SS officers before and during World War II. During a show Oct. 22 at Yokohama ...

Shibuya readies for Halloween party throngs

Oct 27, 2016

Shibuya readies for Halloween party throngs

To avoid turmoil near JR Shibuya Station when it is flooded with partygoers over Halloween, the Metropolitan Police Department will for the first time dedicate two nearby streets to pedestrians only from Friday through Monday, depending on traffic conditions. Roughly 90 events will be ...

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

| Oct 24, 2016

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

Spotify’s long-awaited launch last month has industry watchers wondering whether it will make a major breakthrough in altering Japan’s $3 billion music industry, where 80 percent of sales still come from CDs and other physical formats. With most of the world’s major streaming services ...

Nintendo releases video of new game crossover product Switch

Oct 21, 2016

Nintendo releases video of new game crossover product Switch

Nintendo on Thursday released the name and a video image of its yet-to-be launched video game product. To be called Switch, and launched next March, the product is aimed at breaking the boundary between portable and console games. It had previously been known by ...