Idols put Band-Aids on fragile male egos

| Apr 30, 2016

Idols put Band-Aids on fragile male egos

Two cities in Tottori Prefecture have set up a facility called the Tottori Deai Support Center, which is a kind of matchmaking service for young residents. In December it published a pamphlet to help people looking for mates better understand what the opposite sex ...

Yukarigaoka proves 'new towns' can age well

| Apr 30, 2016

Yukarigaoka proves 'new towns' can age well

Tama, in western Tokyo, is currently trying to find a way to rehabilitate Parthenon Tama, the city’s public cultural complex. During headier times, Parthenon hosted world-famous classical musicians and theater companies, and in addition to a large auditorium and a small auditorium, it contains ...

On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts

| Apr 23, 2016

On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts

Earlier this month, the Association of Television Viewers Who Demand Compliance With the Broadcast Law announced that it may launch a “national campaign” targeting TBS, which it accuses of biased news reporting. Should the broadcaster fail to address the accusation, the association will ask ...

The changing values behind school uniforms

| Apr 23, 2016

The changing values behind school uniforms

Japan and China depend on each other economically, but not necessarily in an equal way. Sometimes slight changes in commercial prospects in China can have a profound effect on Japan, or, at least, more of an effect that people realize. Earlier this month, the ...

| Apr 22, 2016

NNN Document 16; Fukigen-na Kajitsu; WOWOW

Tokai Television has become an expert on the subject of adoption in Japan, and this Sunday it will air the latest installment in its series “NNN Document 16” (Nippon TV, 12:55 a.m.) The program follows Emiko, a 56-year-old woman who only last year discovered ...

Accommodating disabilities, but only within reason

| Apr 16, 2016

Accommodating disabilities, but only within reason

Due to his recent sex scandal, best-selling author Hirotada Ototake has decided not to run for the Upper House under the banner of the Liberal Democratic Party this year, but he hasn’t officially said he won’t run at all. Earlier this month, while the ...

TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'

| Apr 9, 2016

TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'

On March 21, TV Asahi’s long-running variety show “TV Tackle” ran a special feature on hikikomori — people who have withdrawn from society. Hikikomori first came to the attention of the general public in 1999 when a Niigata man was arrested for keeping a ...