Travel shows warp true globalization

| Sep 14, 2013

Travel shows warp true globalization

by Philip Brasor

Now that Tokyo has been given the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the city, as well as all of Japan, will spend the next seven years “internationalizing” (kokusai-ka), a term that becomes fashionable again every few years when something like this happens. ...

Media must take a stand against trolls

| Aug 31, 2013

Media must take a stand against trolls

by Philip Brasor

We live in an age of contention, when any comment can spark righteous indignation. Nominally conservative or progressive viewpoints become meaningless when every response is reactionary. This situation supposedly arose along with the Internet, which provides an unmediated outlet for every voice. Traditional media ...

Stone weighs in on Japanese defense

| Aug 17, 2013

Stone weighs in on Japanese defense

by Philip Brasor

It’s August, when the Japanese media’s attention turns to peace, or, at least, the absence of war. The anniversaries of the atomic bombings and subsequent surrender occasion print and broadcast discussions of what Japan learned from its bloody mid-century military campaign. For most people ...

NHK drama dives into the 'idea' of idols in rural Japan

| Jul 27, 2013

NHK drama dives into the 'idea' of idols in rural Japan

by Philip Brasor

When it was announced last year that entertainment Renaissance man Kankuro Kudo would write the script for NHK’s spring-summer 2013 “TV novel,” a few people probably wondered how the iconoclastic writer-director-actor would respond to the broadcaster’s narrative strictures. In a recent interview with Aera, ...

Ando's joy brings up an old taboo

| Jul 20, 2013

Ando's joy brings up an old taboo

by Philip Brasor

The morning after TV Asahi’s evening news show “Hodo Station” ran an interview with figure skater Miki Ando on July 1, the media was buzzing over the revelation that Ando had given birth in April. The baby was not the ostensible reason for the ...

Sins of the father are Rola's burden

| Jul 6, 2013

Sins of the father are Rola's burden

by Philip Brasor

Two weeks ago one of the big stories in the tabloid press was on Jurip Al-Asa, the father of popular TV personality Rola. He was in the news because the Tokyo Metropolitan Police had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of swindling. ...