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The ascendancy of a Japanese maestro

| Sep 24, 2016

The ascendancy of a Japanese maestro

In the past few months, the media has been pleasantly surprised at the sudden ascendancy of some noteworthy Japanese women, mainly in the realm of politics. Since pianist Hiroko Nakamura passed away in July, the media has been filled with obituaries that paid tribute ...

Renho and the 'pure blood' mythos

| Sep 17, 2016

Renho and the 'pure blood' mythos

Despite the best efforts of certain individuals on Twitter, lawmaker Renho became the head of the Democratic Party last Thursday. Of course, those loosely linked online individuals that are sometimes referred to as netto uyo (internet right-wingers) don’t really care about the DP, but ...

In Japanese showbiz, the sins of the son visit the mother

| Sep 10, 2016

In Japanese showbiz, the sins of the son visit the mother

Veteran actress Atsuko Takahata called a press conference on Aug. 26 to apologize for the actions of her 22-year-old son, who had been arrested several days earlier for sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, while on location for an acting job. ...

Two of Japan's pacifist voices go silent

| Sep 3, 2016

Two of Japan's pacifist voices go silent

Rokusuke Ei — writer, broadcaster, raconteur — died on July 7 at the age of 83, roughly two decades after publishing a best-seller called “Daiojo,” which means “Dying Peacefully.” Several media outlets reported that Ei passed peacefully. He’d had Parkinson’s disease for a number ...

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

| Sep 3, 2016

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

The government in Japan is facing an immediate demographic crisis with regards to seniors, whose numbers relative to the general population are increasing rapidly. One of the main problems is where they are going to live out their lives. According to a 2015 report ...