The kids are not OK, top educator warns

| Nov 4, 2007

The kids are not OK, top educator warns

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To a growing legion of educated, enlightened and empowered mothers in Japan and abroad, Sue Palmer’s advice on how to bring up children might sound — if not heard in context — too old-fashioned, too alarmist or even maybe too naive to prepare their ...

Off-stage woman stars in men's theater world

| Oct 7, 2007

Off-stage woman stars in men's theater world

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Just as in the realm of politics, in the arts world — and here, particularly regarding the performing arts — different countries adopt different policies depending on their historical and economic circumstances. The United States, for example, takes a free-market stance on the arts ...

Destined to act wild

| Sep 2, 2007

Destined to act wild

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When Danjuro Ichikawa stomps around the stage in flamboyant costumes, his face painted in red-and-white makeup and his voice virtually bellowing, it is kabuki in its rawest, most dramatic form. This actor and his ancestors through 11 previous generations have been wreaking havoc in ...

Mr. Hiroshima-san

| Aug 5, 2007

Mr. Hiroshima-san

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In a sense, it is the ultimate irony: The man appointed to oversee the memorial to victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 by an American B-29 aircraft is . . . an American. But antiwar activist Steven L. ...

Writer on the road of life

| Jul 1, 2007

Writer on the road of life

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Kotaro Sawaki is one of the most popular nonfiction writers in Japan. He made his name with “Shinya Tokkyu (Midnight Express),” a reportage of a yearlong overland trip through Asia and Europe he took when he was in his mid-20s. Those stories — whose ...

Thinking beyond the brain

| Jun 3, 2007

Thinking beyond the brain

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Kenichiro Mogi would be the ideal person to find sitting next to you at a dinner party, or one bleary post-sake morning over breakfast in a Japanese mountain inn. As a celebrity neuroscientist with a doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo, and ...

Insights into the new world disorder

| May 6, 2007

Insights into the new world disorder

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When Karel Van Wolferen released his seminal book “The Enigma of Japanese Power” in the dying months of the bubble economy, the normally staid monthly magazine Chuo Koron described its impact as akin to being struck by a bolt of lightning. For once, the ...

| Feb 4, 2007

Princess of pure mystery

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The life of illusionist Tenko Hikita — better known as Princess Tenko — is veiled in mystery. Illusionist Tenko Hikita, better known as Princess Tenko, during a interview with The Japan Times in Tokyo YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTOS [See more in our Photo Gallery] Born ...

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

| Nov 5, 2006

Joi Ito: Master of multitasking

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Joichi Ito, better known as Joi Ito, defies any one simple label. Japanese-born, he is U.S.-educated, and as a result is both bicultural and perfectly bilingual. Although he is a highly successful free-market venture capitalist, he is also a fervent advocate of social democracy ...