Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

| Sep 28, 2013

Casinos bet on success in Tokyo

Most of the Olympics-related news reported since Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Games is about projected economic benefits and drawbacks. A lot of construction will take place over the next seven years, but not all of it will be directly related ...

After the bid, critics sound off on Olympics

| Sep 21, 2013

After the bid, critics sound off on Olympics

During the week following the announcement in Buenos Aires that Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese media was saturated with news of the capital’s celebratory reaction. NHK, which will broadcast the Games, was particularly enthusiastic, leading every news report with a ...

Travel shows warp true globalization

| Sep 14, 2013

Travel shows warp true globalization

Now that Tokyo has been given the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the city, as well as all of Japan, will spend the next seven years “internationalizing” (kokusai-ka), a term that becomes fashionable again every few years when something like this happens. ...

The message in recent food-garbage films doesn't go to waste

| Sep 7, 2013

The message in recent food-garbage films doesn't go to waste

For those who still take in movies at theaters it’s a great season for garbage, and I’m not talking about the usual summer blockbuster fare. Last month, Fatih Akin’s documentary “Garbage in the Garden of Eden” (aka “Polluting Paradise”), about a landfill project in ...

Housing loans: Nothing is 100 percent easy

| Sep 2, 2013

Housing loans: Nothing is 100 percent easy

The government has yet to confirm the timing of the approved consumption tax increase from 5 to 8 percent. It’s slated to take place next April but there is still fear that the economy is too frail to withstand the effect the added tax ...

Media must take a stand against trolls

| Aug 31, 2013

Media must take a stand against trolls

We live in an age of contention, when any comment can spark righteous indignation. Nominally conservative or progressive viewpoints become meaningless when every response is reactionary. This situation supposedly arose along with the Internet, which provides an unmediated outlet for every voice. Traditional media ...

Stone weighs in on Japanese defense

| Aug 17, 2013

Stone weighs in on Japanese defense

It’s August, when the Japanese media’s attention turns to peace, or, at least, the absence of war. The anniversaries of the atomic bombings and subsequent surrender occasion print and broadcast discussions of what Japan learned from its bloody mid-century military campaign. For most people ...

Koda's baby gaffe may find different reception now

| Aug 10, 2013

Koda's baby gaffe may find different reception now

Five years ago, singer Kumi Koda caused an uproar when she joked on a late-night radio show about how a woman’s amniotic fluid (yōsui) becomes “spoiled” as she gets older. The subtext of the comment was the advantage of having babies at a younger ...

The aging issue of Chiba New Town

| Aug 5, 2013

The aging issue of Chiba New Town

The Chiba New Town development project was begun in the late 1960s by the Chiba prefectural government, and a decade later, joined by the Land Development Corporation, the government housing organ that would morph into the Urban Renaissance (UR) Agency in 2004. It is ...