The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

| Jun 14, 2014

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

“If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.” — Talking Heads Last January, NHK’s nightly in-depth news series, “Closeup Gendai,” ran a feature about the practice of “poeticizing” (poemu-ka) the harsher aspects of life. It’s not a trend that’s easy to ...

Media minds manners in royal reportage

| Jun 7, 2014

Media minds manners in royal reportage

As much as we all love them, the Imperial family doesn’t make for exciting reading. Last week, the European press was beside itself with news of the abdication of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who has been hit by several public support-sapping scandals in recent ...

Generation gaps filled by brick and mortar

| Jun 2, 2014

Generation gaps filled by brick and mortar

Though their numbers have dwindled in the developed world over the past century, multi-generation households are still common, and in fact may become even more common in countries where income gaps are increasing. In Japan, multi-generation households have social relevance owing to cultural norms, ...

Getting past the stigma of dementia

| May 24, 2014

Getting past the stigma of dementia

Last April, the Nagoya High Court ordered a 91-year-old woman in Obu, Aichi Prefecture, to pay ¥3 million in compensation to JR Tokai for disruption of service after her husband was struck and killed by one of the company’s trains. The man, who was ...

Fix population problem by helping families

| May 17, 2014

Fix population problem by helping families

For the past 18 months, media outlets in Japan and abroad have looked approvingly upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to improve the country’s economic future through proactive measures dubbed “Abenomics.” The goal is to spur inflation so that companies can make more money ...

| May 10, 2014

Brush up on pop idol feuds before the exam

Last month, Meiji University’s law department announced it would offer a social-psychology course on the boy band Arashi. The syllabus includes lectures about the group’s individual members; its work in TV dramas and advertising; and the “culture of Johnny’s Jimusho,” Arashi’s powerful production company. ...