Sophie Jackman

For Sophie Jackman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 9, 2014

Secrets law far too wide-reaching: U.S. expert

The new state secrets law is so broad that it’s self-defeating and must be amended before it comes into force in December or it will have a chilling effect on free speech, according to U.S. national security and civil liberties expert Morton Halperin. Halperin ...

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

Jan 6, 2014

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

A group of kimono enthusiasts is trying to change people’s attitudes about the traditional attire by invading public spaces en masse. Kimono Jack — a group that takes its name from the Japanese tendency to use “hijack” when referring to flash mobs — calls ...

'Rakugo' solo act heads to Europe, with subtitles

Oct 3, 2013

'Rakugo' solo act heads to Europe, with subtitles

A master of the traditional Japanese art of storytelling known as “rakugo” is embarking on his first tour of Europe, where he will perform his “sit-down” comedy with subtitles to show audiences how Japan laughs. Shunputei Ichinosuke, 35, is taking on Europe with female ...