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Expert pushes plan he says can quickly solve Futenma issue

Jul 29, 2014

Expert pushes plan he says can quickly solve Futenma issue

Military analyst Kazuhisa Ogawa says that he has a plan that could solve the Futenma base mess in just two days. Ogawa, head of the Yokohama-based Strategic Research Institute of International Change, called on the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to seriously consider ...

Avant-garde NHK film to get rare screening

Jul 11, 2013

Avant-garde NHK film to get rare screening

In the early 1960s, Japan’s television industry harbored an experimental spirit that was free from restrictive institutional ideology. It was a time of hope according to Inuhiko Yomota, professor of film history at Meiji Gakuin University. An academic screening in Tokyo will offer a ...

Dancer goes through time in new show

Feb 10, 2012

Dancer goes through time in new show

Inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece “Slaughterhouse-Five” and stoic philosopher Seneca’s letters gives character to an upcoming performance in Tokyo by Izabela Chlewinska, a rising choreographer and dancer from Poland. Chlewinska was inspired by the novel’s protagonist, Billy Pilgrim — a time traveler who jumps ...

Film mines rich seams of history

Aug 14, 2011

Film mines rich seams of history

Hiroko Kumagai will never forget the day in 1998 when she first stepped inside the red-brick building at the entrance to the closed and shuttered Miyahara shaft in the Miike coal mine in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture. “I felt I heard the voices of people ...