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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 ...

'Tokyo Tango': A fairy tale to keep you on your toes

Aug 4, 2011

'Tokyo Tango': A fairy tale to keep you on your toes

When the mayor of a village is told by a frog king, who is fascinated by the elegance of swans gliding in the lake, that his villagers should wear toe shoes (ballet pointe shoes) all the time, he instructs everyone between the age of ...

Top scientist in academic row

Jun 26, 2011

Top scientist in academic row

An article that helped Tohoku University President Akihisa Inoue win the Japan Academy Award has been retracted from a leading U.S. scientific journal after the author violated protocol by reusing his own previously published material without acknowledging it. The incident, announced Friday, amounts to ...

Reveal fallout data: ex-nuke chief

Mar 25, 2011

Reveal fallout data: ex-nuke chief

A former acting head of the Atomic Energy Commission called Thursday for the government to tell the public how radioactive emissions have spread from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the past and to predict future radiation exposure risks according to distance ...

Dec 23, 2010

Think tank plugs Okinawa peace training center

A Tokyo-based think tank submitted a research report Wednesday to Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, calling on Japan to turn Okinawa into a training hub for peace operations, with participants including the United States, Australia, China, South Korea and Taiwan. The report calls for creation ...

Dec 17, 2010

Butoh legend dances to a different beat

Though much younger than the late Kazuo Ohno and the late Tatsumi Hijikata, two legends of butoh, Akira Kasai was also a pioneer of the art form in the 1960s and ’70s. He was even dubbed the “Nijinsky of butoh.” Now, a performance in ...