Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

Nov 6, 2014

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

A revised design for the main Tokyo Olympic stadium is nothing more than a “white elephant” that’s been stripped of its original designer’s artistic talent and will forever burden the capital if built, internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki said. In a statement made available ...

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

Nov 6, 2014

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

The newly appointed justice minister on Thursday gave clues as to her priorities in office, restating the ministry’s intention to clean up a discredited foreign trainees program but saying she is disinclined to outlaw hate speech. Asked about the death penalty, Yoko Kamikawa paused ...

Musical points to sinister nuclear implications

Oct 28, 2014

Musical points to sinister nuclear implications

A recent court-themed musical staged in Tokyo was, to say the least, an audacious dig at the contentious state secrets law scheduled to take effect in December. Set several years after the law’s passage last December, the musical, performed last week in Nakano Ward ...