Family drama is reimagined for today's Japan

| May 19, 2013

Family drama is reimagined for today's Japan

by Philip Brasor

“Kazoku Game (The Family Game),” directed by the late Yoshimitsu Morita and released in 1983, remains a movie milestone. A cynical black comedy, it presented to the world a distillation of the less edifying social outcomes of Japan’s postwar economic miracle. The Numata family ...

| May 5, 2013

Media weighs in on LDP's English education plan

by Philip Brasor

The Liberal Democratic Party has a thing for archery. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s financial policies comprise “three arrows.” The symbolism is based on the old Japanese saying, “Three arrows are harder to break.” Since “Abenomics” has proven to be a PR success, at least ...

| Apr 28, 2013

Pressure grows for the nation's housewives

by Philip Brasor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s April 19 National Press Club speech about boosting women’s participation in the workforce has been covered extensively in the domestic and foreign media since it signals a sea change in the Liberal Democratic Party’s view of women’s role in society. ...

| Apr 14, 2013

Net TV expresses views the mainstream ignores

by Philip Brasor

Last week’s column mentioned “Pack-in News,” a current-affairs talk show that used to stream on the Internet TV channel Kinkin.tv, which is the personal project of veteran actor-emcee Kinya Aikawa. It was a continuation of “Pack-in Journal,” a show hosted by Aikawa on the ...

| Mar 24, 2013

Abortion controlled by the state

by Philip Brasor

TV personalities, or tarento in the vernacular parlance, wage a never-ending battle against encroaching irrelevance. They impose on our consciousness, and one of the easiest ways to do that without offering a compelling skills set is to exploit personal circumstances that are none of ...