Stars come out for Tokyo film festival opening

Oct 25, 2016

Stars come out for Tokyo film festival opening

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The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival marked its opening Tuesday afternoon with a traditional red carpet ceremony that was heavy on Asian stars and filmmakers. With the festival abandoning its modern, eco-friendly “green carpet” this year, domestic stars dominated the promenade at the Roppongi ...

Actor Mikijiro Hira dies at 82

Oct 24, 2016

Actor Mikijiro Hira dies at 82

Actor Mikijiro Hira, who performed in various fields including television dramas and theater plays, died Sunday. He was 82. Hira was found lying in the bathroom of his residence in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. He was later confirmed dead. After performing with the Haiyuza Theater ...

Nobel academy member slams Dylan as 'arrogant'

Oct 22, 2016

Nobel academy member slams Dylan as 'arrogant'

A prominent member of the academy that awards the Nobel literature prize slammed this year’s laureate, Bob Dylan, as arrogant on Friday, citing his total silence since the award was announced on Oct. 13. The U.S. singer-songwriter has not responded to repeated phone calls ...

Boom Boom Satellites vocalist dies at 47

Oct 11, 2016

Boom Boom Satellites vocalist dies at 47

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The Japanese music scene suffered a major loss in the morning of Oct. 9 with the passing of Boom Boom Satellites lead vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima, 47, according to an announcement on the duo’s official website posted earlier Tuesday. The band announced last year that ...