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Michael Woodford: Japan's whistle-blower supreme speaks out

| Dec 2, 2012

Michael Woodford: Japan's whistle-blower supreme speaks out

Michael Woodford glances out of the floor-to-ceiling window of his multimillion-pound loft apartment, which looks out across the River Thames toward the City of London, the so-called Square Mile that is among the world’s leading financial and commercial centers. The 52-year-old Briton has effectively ...

A different kind of hardball

| Jul 19, 2009

A different kind of hardball

It’s as English as dancing round a Maypole on the village green. But, wedged between a rugby pitch and fields full of practicing Little Leaguers, the University of Tokyo Cricket Club and their counterparts across town from Chuo are doing their best to put ...

| Jul 15, 2009

Japan resident, get set for your date with dentistry

They were four simple words that I never wanted to hear: “Ha wo warimasu, ne (歯を割りますね, I’m going to split your tooth, OK?).” That day was the third installment in the gnasher (not slasher) trilogy “My Date with the Dentist.” Parts one and two ...

Tokyo's 'song and dance man'

| May 17, 2009

Tokyo's 'song and dance man'

Three-dozen sozzled office types, teachers and the like are cradling their drinks in one hand and punching the air with the other, bawling, “Everybody must get STONED!” They’re here watching a song and dance man who’s wearing vintage Ray-Bans and a shock of a ...

45s at 60 just keep groovin' on their 7-inch way

| Mar 15, 2009

45s at 60 just keep groovin' on their 7-inch way

It was 60 years ago this month when a country crooner from the South released the first-ever single to spin at 45 rpm. Issued in green vinyl on the RCA label, the 7-inch “Texarkana Baby” by Eddy “The Tennessee Plowboy” Arnold became a No. ...

Hell's a-poppin' if you know where . . .

| Oct 19, 2008

Hell's a-poppin' if you know where . . .

Thinking it was high time I had my synapses chomped by digitally enhanced satanic hardcore dance music, I head off to the appropriately titled Hell’s Gate event at Studio Cube 326 in Tamachi, a reclaimed armpit of Tokyo. Hell’s Gate is half Harajuku Goth-meet, ...

The fans have their say at Summer Sonic's Tokyo site

Aug 15, 2008

The fans have their say at Summer Sonic's Tokyo site

Riviera, 19, office worker; Miku, 22, store manager; Nao, 22, sales assistant Who’s been the best act so far? Riviera: So far we’ve only seen Kyon Kyon (Kyoko Koizumi), ET-King and Shonan no Kaze. We like reggae, so I think Shonan no Kaze were ...

Spiritualized beat the reaper

Jul 25, 2008

Spiritualized beat the reaper

Jason Pierce almost died in July 2005. Hooked up to a ventilator and suffering from double pneumonia, Pierce — aka J Spaceman — shrank to 45 kg and spent two weeks in intensive care in a London hospital. Things looked so bad that his ...

Peace follows turbulent times

| Jul 6, 2008

Peace follows turbulent times

“It was a nightmare,” laughs Tokyo-based author David Peace of a recent trip to Paris to promote the French version of his most successful novel, “The Damned Utd.” A fictionalized account of Brian Clough’s tumultuous 44-day reign in 1974 as manager of Leeds United ...

We Are Scientists

| Jun 13, 2008

We Are Scientists

Three years after their catchy debut “With Love and Squalor” burrowed its way into the homes of 150,000 people worldwide, Brooklyn-based indie-rockers We Are Scientists are back. Comprising Keith Murray (guitars/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass/vocals), this time around the duo’s plan for world domination ...