Hirata and Saito: love on the run

Jan 18, 2014

Hirata and Saito: love on the run

The trial of Makoto Hirata, which commenced Thursday, is expected to reveal a number of new facts about the former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive, but of most interest to investigators will be how he managed to stay hidden for so long. Unlike the two Aum ...

The New Year's prank that was anything but

Jan 18, 2014

The New Year's prank that was anything but

Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Makoto Hirata’s final day of freedom was nothing short of embarrassing for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Not that Hirata had expected it to turn out that way; as far as he was concerned, he was simply turning himself in after ...

How a yoga school became a doomsday cult

Jan 18, 2014

How a yoga school became a doomsday cult

Aum Shinrikyo’s criminal activities began in the late 1980s and culminated in the 1995 nerve-gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway system. The group was founded in 1984 by Shoko Asahara, the babbling, half-blind guru whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto. Initially starting life as a ...

Godzilla returns

Jan 11, 2014

Godzilla returns

With a U.S. reboot scheduled to be released worldwide this summer, we examine the shifting views of the terrifying monster over time.

Jan 11, 2014

King of the monsters has universal appeal

Kouhei Nomura published a glossary titled "The Godzilla Encyclopedia" in 2004 after six months of dedicated research. He delivers his verdict on why the king of the monsters is so popular worldwide.

Tao makes the cut in new drama

Jan 9, 2014

Tao makes the cut in new drama

At age 28, actress and model Tao Okamoto is already one of the few women in history — along with actress Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel character from “Friends” to name a couple — to have a haircut named after her. The Chiba ...