Stephanie Hannon

For Stephanie Hannon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

What's your take on the Asashoryu scandal?

| Sep 4, 2007

What's your take on the Asashoryu scandal?

Gavin Meilwraith Sales manager, 35 (Canada)He should have taken part in the tour of Japan the JSA had organized. It is important to reach the many fans in the smaller towns where the sport is more inaccessible. Ketichi Kitajiana Photo retoucher, 26Asashoryu is Mongolian, ...

Yukichi Hattori loses the plot

Jun 1, 2007

Yukichi Hattori loses the plot

Director, dancer and choreographer Yukichi Hattori broke from tradition when he created “Rhapsody in Blue,” his innovative symphonic ballet. Unlike classic ballet productions, there is no plot, so performers are left to physically interpret the meaning of the music through dance. “Rhapsody in Blue” ...

Do you think the Japanese police are effective?

| May 22, 2007

Do you think the Japanese police are effective?

Hiroki Student, 20In Japan, only about 20-30 percent of criminals are caught. In cases where it’s reported the criminals haven’t been caught, the press stop covering the story and people forget. Leon Student, 27 (Dutch)The police don’t seem to have the strength to protect ...

Slapstick 'n' high-flyin' kicks

May 18, 2007

Slapstick 'n' high-flyin' kicks

A chop suey of martial arts, acrobatics and slapstick, “Jump” is a nonverbal, comic martial-arts musical centered around a zany Korean family. It runs through May 18-June 24 (times vary) at Shinjuku Theater Apple, Tokyo. It then tours to Osaka’s Kosei Nenkin Kaikan from ...

Do people work too hard in Japan?

| May 8, 2007

Do people work too hard in Japan?

Kay Rahden Employee, 29 (German)The German firm I work for discourages overtime. Up to 20 hours a month paid overtime is allowed. I think Japanese are encouraged to work as long as possible rather than quickly and effectively. Masahiro Takeshima PR Account Executive, 28I ...