Resort condos: an option for home buyers

| Aug 6, 2016

Resort condos: an option for home buyers

As everyone in Japan now knows, there are millions of vacant houses and apartments throughout the country, many of which are on sale for a song. The money and effort needed to renovate these properties, however, often isn’t worth it given how inexpensive new ...

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

| Jul 30, 2016

Sayaka Murata and the art of neutrality

When 36-year-old Sayaka Murata recently won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for literature, the media latched onto the author’s background rather than the novel itself. Murata continues to work part-time as a convenience store clerk, and gains inspiration for characters and plots from her work ...

| Jul 29, 2016

'Kidnap Tour'; 'Takeshi's How to Look at Japan'; Y! Mobile

Now that school is out summer is officially here, and NHK celebrates with a dramatization of Mitsuyo Tsunoda’s novel, “Kidnap Tour” (NHK-G, Tues., 7:30 p.m.). Fifth-grader Haru (Hana Toyoshima) is about to enjoy her summer vacation when her father, Takashi (Satoshi Tsumabuki), shows up ...

Constitutional change may target Japan's elderly

| Jul 23, 2016

Constitutional change may target Japan's elderly

In the week prior to the recent Upper House poll, the Kochi Shimbun asked 100 people at random what the significance of “two-thirds” was in relation to the election. Only 17 answered correctly that it was the minimum portion of Diet lawmakers needed to ...

Why Japanese media still kowtow to Ken Takakura

| Jul 16, 2016

Why Japanese media still kowtow to Ken Takakura

“Ken San” is a new documentary about late actor Ken Takakura opening in local theaters next month. Described as Japan’s “greatest” and “last” movie star, Takakura was respected by both the Japanese people who worked with him and international film giants such as Martin ...