Ryuichi Sakamoto nominated for Golden Globe Award

Dec 11, 2015

Ryuichi Sakamoto nominated for Golden Globe Award

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has been nominated for the 73rd Golden Globe Award for the best motion picture score, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday. A presentation ceremony for the annual Golden Globe Awards, seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards, will be ...

Dec 10, 2015

Settlement in suit over 'Happy Birthday' copyright

A lawsuit over who owns the copyright to “Happy Birthday to You” has been settled, bringing to an end a two-year legal battle over what is said to be the most widely sung tune in the English language. The settlement announced Wednesday came days ...

Conductor Ozawa, filmmaker Lucas receive U.S. cultural award

Dec 6, 2015

Conductor Ozawa, filmmaker Lucas receive U.S. cultural award

Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa and Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas were among the artists who received this year’s Kennedy Center Honors award Saturday for their lifetime contribution to American culture. Ozawa took part in an award ceremony along with the three other recipients — ...

Nov 30, 2015

Murakami makes surprise appearance at Fukushima literature event

Haruki Murakami, the globally renowned novelist who rarely appears in public, attended a literature event in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sunday as a special guest whose appearance had been kept secret. Murakami joined a panel discussion on “How to learn imagination?” Photography was prohibited ...

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

Nov 25, 2015

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

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Japanese stand-up comedienne Yuriko Kotani won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award for aspiring comics last Friday, beating five other finalists at the Comedy Store in London with a five-minute act blending humor and sarcasm. “I’m speechless. … This is so wonderful!” Kotani, ...