Endure New Year's on TV with the rest of Japan

Dec 28, 2012

Endure New Year's on TV with the rest of Japan

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Last year, NHK’s annual New Year’s Eve song contest, “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (7:15-11:45 p.m.), enjoyed its first ratings boost in more than a decade. As the most hallowed tradition in Japanese broadcasting, the program offered some needed end-of-year holiday solace for a nation still ...

Actress Mizukawa tackles 'violent, turbulent' character

Apr 20, 2012

Actress Mizukawa tackles 'violent, turbulent' character

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Despite being holed up in a Tokyo hotel room for a press junket, 28-year-old actress Asami Mizukawa is surprisingly upbeat. However, she gives an unusual response when asked about the new TV mini-series she is starring in. “If you’re looking for (light) entertainment, I’m ...

Japan prepares to commemorate Tohoku tragedy

Mar 9, 2012

Japan prepares to commemorate Tohoku tragedy

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This Sunday is the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the coastline of northeastern Japan and killed more than 15,000 people. In January, the central government announced that it would hold a memorial service on March 11 at the National Theater, ...

New Japan Pro-Wrestling hits 40

| Dec 23, 2011

New Japan Pro-Wrestling hits 40

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High-impact slams, chokeholds and daredevil feats of athleticism aren’t the usual way to celebrate a 40th birthday, but that’s how New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) will be spending its big day. The promotion company was founded by square-jawed wrestling legend Antonio Inoki in June 1972. ...

Live from Tokyo, it's Saturday Night!

Jul 8, 2011

Live from Tokyo, it's Saturday Night!

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Saturday Night Live Japan! Say what? Saturday Night Live Japan? Yes, it’s true. As of last month, one of the longest running and most loved comedy programs in the United States — the live-to-air weekend institution that is “Saturday Night ...

NHK hopes for a home run with new anime

Apr 22, 2011

NHK hopes for a home run with new anime

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It’s a quintessential scene of Japanese youth: Young boys out in baseball uniforms jog across their school grounds, the white and maroon of their gear contrasting with a clear blue sky. In the bleachers, an earnest-looking high school girl named Minami, in a jersey ...

Anime's late, late show

Feb 4, 2011

Anime's late, late show

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A sea gull arcs through the clouds and swoops over a house perched high on a clifftop. The sound of waves can be heard breaking far below as a young boy sits down for breakfast across from two robots who, it turns out, are ...