Death? War? What's next for the games?

| Sep 5, 2015

Death? War? What's next for the games?

Two years to the week that Tokyo won its bid over Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, major stumbles in planning and preparation have caused the shining promise to take a nosedive. The upward-creeping costs projected for the National Stadium took ...

Exploring Japan's military past

Aug 1, 2015

Exploring Japan's military past

History buffs in Japan can also visit a variety of sites related to this country’s military past. In addition to the enormous Yushukan Museum on the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward (www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/yushukan), numerous spots with historical significance can be found ...

History, hexes feature in criminal potpourri

| Jul 18, 2015

History, hexes feature in criminal potpourri

In addition to their regular mixture of celebrity gossip and scandals mixed with practical advice for readers — such as how to quit smoking or winning pachinko techniques — the weeklies also treat their readers to snippets of Japanese history. Flash (July 28) devoted ...

Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

| Jun 20, 2015

Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

Schadenfreude, a word of German derivation, is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.” A more succinct definition would be “malicious glee.” “Malicious glee” aptly describes Yukan Fuji’s coverage ...