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AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Jan 19, 2015

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight at age 61, the news agency said Sunday. The Tokyo bureau chief died in Brest in western France after a battle with cancer. “Jacques adored his ...

Snark levels were on full blast for 'Kohaku'

| Jan 17, 2015

Snark levels were on full blast for 'Kohaku'

by Philip Brasor

The 2014 edition of NHK’s venerated song contest, “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” broadcast on Dec. 31, was remarkable for several reasons, though the performance that generated the most remarks was the one by the equally venerated pop-rock group Southern All Stars, their first on the ...

Mags go big for Kobe gang's 100th

| Jan 17, 2015

Mags go big for Kobe gang's 100th

by Mark Schreiber

This year will see the observance of various centennials, including the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in the Dardanelles; the Second Battle of Ypres; and the sinking of the RMS Lusitania with the loss of 1,198 lives. The war in Europe had a favorable impact on ...

| Jan 10, 2015

Dull and authentic beats out polished TV

by Philip Brasor

Another New Year’s break, another two-week onslaught of inconsequential television programs based on the variety show model of comedians talking about themselves, watching videos of other people doing supposedly interesting things and playing games whose main entertainment function is humiliation. The resilience of this ...

Getting a head start on wartime stories

| Jan 3, 2015

Getting a head start on wartime stories

by Mark Schreiber

From the “The Dirty Dozen” (1967) to “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), cinema audiences in Japan have flocked to theaters to watch Americans and Germans killing one another. Such films continue to enjoy popularity. During the weekend of Nov. 29-30, the Brad Pitt World War ...

The highlights of Japanese media in 2014

| Jan 3, 2015

The highlights of Japanese media in 2014

by Philip Brasor

My choices for the most significant public phenomena of last year are associated with traditional media rather than the social kind, which isn’t to say these phenomena didn’t impact social media and vice versa, only that TV, newspapers and magazines still affect our perception ...

Abe isn't impressed with media criticism

| Dec 27, 2014

Abe isn't impressed with media criticism

by Philip Brasor

The most talked-about media moment from the Lower House election on Dec. 14 was the victory interview Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave to Nippon TV. As is the custom, the leader of the winning side, in this case Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, made the ...