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Clowning around in Tohoku to help children

Jun 16, 2012

Clowning around in Tohoku to help children

by Gianni Simone

The Japanese entertainment world is supposed to be a very hard one to crack for foreigners in these lean years of economic doldrums. Once in a while a few people manage to carve out a niche for themselves through a combination of talent, perseverance ...

Jun 5, 2012

Much ado, but micro-important

by Colin P.A. Jones

A few weeks ago, as a panelist at a symposium on Japan’s accession to the Hague Convention on international child abduction, I found it hard to disguise my ire. One of the speakers was a lawyer opposed to Japan joining the convention, and who ...

A lifetime's observations

Dec 28, 2006

A lifetime's observations

by Alexander Jacoby

He saw Ginza when it was a blackened plain but for the bombed-out Mitsukoshi department store, the Hattori Building and a handful of other structures left standing. He observed the city as it was rebuilt, and its people. He observed, and then he wrote. ...