| Apr 8, 2016

'Sotai 2'; 'The New Conspiracy'; CM of the week: Garigari-kun

Fifty-four-year-old Kenichi Endo has been a reliable character actor for years, but lately he’s graduated to leading man status. On Wednesday, he stars as police detective Susumu Nihonmatsu in “Sotai 2″ (“Organized Crime Countermeasure Division 2″; TV Tokyo, 9 p.m.). Nihonmatsu is assigned to ...

Low interest rates cause spike in refinancing

| Apr 2, 2016

Low interest rates cause spike in refinancing

It has been more than a month since the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates in its bid to revitalize the economy. For consumers, the rate change is a mixed blessing. Obviously, interest on deposits will not go up any time soon, but ...

'Drop dead, Japan!' moms try to stay on message

| Mar 19, 2016

'Drop dead, Japan!' moms try to stay on message

Shiori Yamao is a University of Tokyo graduate, former public prosecutor, current Lower House lawmaker and mother. As a force for the opposition, she has been causing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considerable grief over the past few months. Yamao was the person who asked ...