Hibiya rally tries to keep nuclear foes on message

Mar 12, 2013

Hibiya rally tries to keep nuclear foes on message

by Kazuaki Nagata

Far away from disaster-hit Tohoku, people gathered Monday in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park to offer silent prayers on the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. “Let’s think of those who lost their lives. Let’s remember that each of their lives was precious,” singer ...

Nagisa Oshima: a leading force in film

Jan 17, 2013

Nagisa Oshima: a leading force in film

by Mark Schilling

Film director Nagisa Oshima, who died in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, of pneumonia on Tuesday at age 80, was a leader of Japan’s postwar New Wave movement. In the West, however, he became best known for a 1976 film “Ai no Corrida” (“In the Realm ...

Antidancing law out of step with Japan's youth culture

Sep 23, 2012

Antidancing law out of step with Japan's youth culture

by Eriko Arita

Many in Japan’s large and lively dance community centered on hip-hop, house and other styles are becoming increasingly upset at what appears to be a police crackdown on an essential part of their lives. Since 2010, with more and more clubs being shut down ...

Grassroots group forms to fight antidancing law

Jun 14, 2012

Grassroots group forms to fight antidancing law

by Mark Jarnes

Around 200 people gathered on the dancefloor of Kyoto’s Club World on Sunday — but they weren’t dancing. In fact, that’s exactly what they were there to protest: a 1984 addition to the 1948 Fuzoku Eigyo Torishimariho (Entertainment Business Control Law) that prohibits late-night ...