Escaped-animal antics are good for ratings

| Jun 24, 2012

Escaped-animal antics are good for ratings

by Philip Brasor

One of the interesting factoids accompanying the escaped-penguin story that delighted the media for the last three months is that Japan has more penguins in captivity than any other country. Tokyo Sea Life Park, the facility from which the male Humboldt penguin in question ...

| Jun 17, 2012

Watami under scrutiny after karōshi

by Philip Brasor

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto has been compared to Adolf Hitler in the media for his authoritarian governing style, but on a realistic level he seems more like an overbearing boss. The famous tattoo controversy comes down to the notion that, as mayor, he employs ...

The public shame of crying poor

| Jun 10, 2012

The public shame of crying poor

by Philip Brasor

Public acts of contrition don’t get any more dramatic than comedian Junichi Komoto’s May 25 press conference, where he apologized for allowing his mother to collect government welfare payments even though he’s made good money himself as a TV personality. Josei Seven, the women’s ...