Peeling back the layers of money politics

| Feb 20, 2016

Peeling back the layers of money politics

Last week the Asahi Shimbun reported on the relationship between Japan’s larger corporations and the Liberal Democratic Party. Since regaining power in 2012, the LDP announced it would cut corporate taxes at rates that are twice those proposed by the previous Democratic Party of ...

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

| Feb 6, 2016

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

In recent years, the Imperial couple have made an effort to leave behind a meaningful legacy by visiting World War II battlefields. The idea is to ensure that future generations of Japanese do not forget the war and its bitter lessons. However, until they ...

The ups and downs of apartment elevators

| Feb 6, 2016

The ups and downs of apartment elevators

In the 2014 American movie, “5 Flights Up,” Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play an elderly couple who think about selling their two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. Since they have lived in the unit all their married life, the decision is a difficult one, and the ...

NHK may need to rethink its 'taiga' formula

| Jan 30, 2016

NHK may need to rethink its 'taiga' formula

An article that appeared in December in the Yomiuri Shimbun weighed the prospects for the 2016 edition of NHK’s year-long historical taiga drama series, which premiered Jan. 10. “Sanada Maru” is the title of the 55th marathon show, and the name of a fortification ...