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Japan a key battleground for BBC's expansion in Asia

May 2, 2014

Japan a key battleground for BBC's expansion in Asia

by Elizabeth Kerr

Judging from the activity on the floor at February’s BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, England, television is most definitely not dead. Over 700 buyers and distributors descended on the BT Convention Centre to investigate what was new (“The Game,” “The Musketeers”) and what was ...

Advisers assess Japan Times performance after INYT tie-up

Apr 30, 2014

Advisers assess Japan Times performance after INYT tie-up

Now that The Japan Times is being distributed together with the International New York Times, the advisory board members agreed that there should be a newsroom shift toward even more coverage of Japan. Lin Kobayashi, founder of International School of Asia, Karuizawa, said increased ...

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

| Apr 26, 2014

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

by Philip Brasor

In a 1989 essay, “Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess,” from a newly edited collection of her writings, the late American critic Ellen Willis discussed a dilemma the women’s movement faced in the ’70s. With the advent of the ’60s counterculture came ...

Can a solo career help a mascot stand out?

| Apr 19, 2014

Can a solo career help a mascot stand out?

by Philip Brasor

Several weeks ago Fuji TV’s morning news show sent a reporter to the Gunma Prefecture “antenna shop” located across the street from the Kabukiza theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The store, which sells products made in Gunma, pays ¥64 million a year in rent ...

The buck stops here: ‘Hunting girls’ on the rise

| Apr 15, 2014

The buck stops here: ‘Hunting girls’ on the rise

Here’s a new buzzword for you: kari-gaaru (hunting girls). They’ve descended from past trendsetting mori-gaaru (“forest girls,” interested in carefree lifestyles and spending time in nature) and yama-gaaru (“mountain girls,” who enjoy fashionable hikes). So now Japan has kari-gaaru who, instead of playing games ...