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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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 ...

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 ...

How long can Japan's old mens' club last?

/ | Jul 9, 2016

How long can Japan's old mens' club last?

Media coverage of the House of Councilors election campaign has been even more lacking in substance than usual. On July 2, Tokyo Shimbun noted how “low-key” the coverage has been on TV. After the excitement of the money scandal surrounding former Tokyo Gov. Yoichi ...