Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

Nov 25, 2015

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

Japanese stand-up comedienne Yuriko Kotani won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award for aspiring comics last Friday, beating five other finalists at the Comedy Store in London with a five-minute act blending humor and sarcasm. “I’m speechless. … This is so wonderful!” Kotani, ...

Ex-leader of Hikaru Genji not father of Kitajima's son

Nov 20, 2015

Ex-leader of Hikaru Genji not father of Kitajima's son

The Tokyo Family Court has ruled in favor of actor and former pop idol Mikio Osawa, who had denied any biological connection with the son he allegedly fathered with actress and ex-wife Mai Kitajima. The case went to court last month after Osawa, former ...

AI robot touted as future English-learning tool for Japanese kids

Nov 19, 2015

AI robot touted as future English-learning tool for Japanese kids

Japan has long been criticized for its low level of English, but children could soon become more proficient in the language just by chit-chatting with an artificially intelligent robot. At least that’s the idea from AKA, a Korean startup based in the United States ...

Subway worker's ticket chad masterpiece goes viral

Nov 13, 2015

Subway worker's ticket chad masterpiece goes viral

Japan’s rail service, known for its punctuality and reliability, has not only been appealing to rail fans but is also the subject of great pride among its employees — so much so that one of them has created an artwork depicting a train with ...