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Willing prisoner of Akihabara

Sep 1, 2012

Willing prisoner of Akihabara

by Gianni Simone

For better or for worse, some of contemporary Japan’s most recognizable cultural products come from the ever-ebullient world of pop culture. If this country’s heroes in the 1950s and ’60s were such intellectuals as film director Akira Kurosawa and author Yukio Mishima, today Japan’s ...

Import club caters to need for home comfort

Aug 11, 2012

Import club caters to need for home comfort

by Jane Singer

The blonde man in shorts and a baseball cap, sporting a lopsided grin and a dangling backpack and parking a rusty bicycle, looked less like a captain of industry than a superannuated college student. Yet American Chuck Grafft, 50, is founder and CEO of ...

Architect builds Heart House for 3/11 survivors

Jul 21, 2012

Architect builds Heart House for 3/11 survivors

by Mami Maruko

When Richard Bliah visited Ishinomaki last August after the coastal city in Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the veteran French architect was quite sure many residents lost not only family and friends but also the “network of people ...