| Mar 23, 2015

USJ hits record-high visits

The number of visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has hit an all-time high in fiscal 2014, the park operator said Feb. 20, thanks to the popularity of a new attraction based on the "Harry Potter" film series.

Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

| Mar 23, 2015

Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

by Kaori Shoji

Aside from ikumen (イクメン, men who play a role in raising their children), Nihon no otōsan (日本のお父さん, Japanese fathers) are a pretty sad lot. The vast majority of them have been and continue to be kaya no soto (蚊帳の外, literally “outside the mosquito net,” ...

Don't say you haven't been warned

| Mar 16, 2015

Don't say you haven't been warned

by Mark Schreiber

I must confess, I never paid a great deal of attention to the warning messages and disclaimers that adorned packaging in Japan until 1972, when tobacco companies first got around to printing health warnings on packs of cigarettes. This was six years after the ...

| Mar 2, 2015

Japan coach Aguirre fired over match-fixing

Japan manager Javier Aguirre was sacked by the Japan Football Association on Feb. 3 for his alleged involvement in a developing match-fixing scandal in Spain, with President Kuniya Daini saying that the timing was now or never ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup qualifiers.