Abe raises eyebrows when he's off script

| Oct 24, 2015

Abe raises eyebrows when he's off script

On Oct. 1, the Sankei Shimbun reported that during a regularly scheduled press conference, NHK President Katsuto Momii addressed statements made by “former NHK employees” who told media outlets that the public broadcaster had “received phone calls from the prime minister’s office” regarding passage ...

| Oct 23, 2015

Prefecture battle; the witches of Japan; CM of the week: SoftBank

The government’s plan for regional revitalization gets a boost from the world of television with the three-hour variety special “47 Todofuken Taiko! Kakuzeke Nippon!” (“47-prefecture Rivalry! Ranking Japan!”; Fuji TV, Sun., 7 p.m.). Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures is represented by one celebrity who ...

No sex talk please, we're Japanese

| Oct 17, 2015

No sex talk please, we're Japanese

The education ministry recently came under fire for supplementary materials it had distributed to high schools this summer. The materials were given out to help girls lead “healthier lives,” but a chart about pregnancy included in the literature was found to be misleading. According ...

'Omotenashi' comes up short on humility

| Oct 10, 2015

'Omotenashi' comes up short on humility

A Japanese friend who used to travel a lot for work told me of a funny thing that once happened to her in a Tokyo hotel. She was checking in when a bellhop came up and, without saying anything, picked up her bag. She ...