Tao makes the cut in new drama

Jan 9, 2014

Tao makes the cut in new drama

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At age 28, actress and model Tao Okamoto is already one of the few women in history — along with actress Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel character from “Friends” to name a couple — to have a haircut named after her. The Chiba ...

Dec 10, 2013

Media overexposure to violence worse than being there

After the Boston Marathon bombings, people who spent six hours a day scouring media for updates were more traumatized than those who were there, a U.S. study suggested Monday. The study raised questions about the impact of repeated exposure to violence via digital and ...

Britain's spy chiefs face televised grilling

Nov 7, 2013

Britain's spy chiefs face televised grilling

The chiefs of Britain’s three intelligence agencies were to face an unprecedented public grilling Thursday, amid intense scrutiny of their work following the leaks from fugitive U.S. analyst Edward Snowden. The hearing brings Andrew Parker — director general of domestic intelligence agency MI5 — ...

Sep 30, 2013

State, broadcasters promote export of TV programs

To counter the growth of TV programs from South Korea and China, the government and broadcasters are coming together to promote exports of Japanese TV programs mainly to Asia. The Broadcast Program Export Association of Japan, launched last month, will work to secure airtime ...

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

Sep 27, 2013

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

The venerable TV cartoon “Sazae-san,” still drawn frame by frame in the technique known as cel-based animation, will switch to full digital production next month. The show is the only cel-based anime still broadcast in Japan, according to the Association of Japanese Animations. Until ...