TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'

| Apr 9, 2016

TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'

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On March 21, TV Asahi’s long-running variety show “TV Tackle” ran a special feature on hikikomori — people who have withdrawn from society. Hikikomori first came to the attention of the general public in 1999 when a Niigata man was arrested for keeping a ...

Reforms neglect nursing care problems

| Mar 12, 2016

Reforms neglect nursing care problems

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In recent weeks, there have been two major news stories related to the issue of senior nursing care. In one, the Supreme Court reversed a Nagoya High Court ruling that ordered a 94-year-old woman to compensate JR Tokai for damages caused in 2007 by ...

Peeling back the layers of money politics

| Feb 20, 2016

Peeling back the layers of money politics

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Last week the Asahi Shimbun reported on the relationship between Japan’s larger corporations and the Liberal Democratic Party. Since regaining power in 2012, the LDP announced it would cut corporate taxes at rates that are twice those proposed by the previous Democratic Party of ...

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

| Feb 6, 2016

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

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In recent years, the Imperial couple have made an effort to leave behind a meaningful legacy by visiting World War II battlefields. The idea is to ensure that future generations of Japanese do not forget the war and its bitter lessons. However, until they ...

NHK may need to rethink its 'taiga' formula

| Jan 30, 2016

NHK may need to rethink its 'taiga' formula

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An article that appeared in December in the Yomiuri Shimbun weighed the prospects for the 2016 edition of NHK’s year-long historical taiga drama series, which premiered Jan. 10. “Sanada Maru” is the title of the 55th marathon show, and the name of a fortification ...

SMAP dodges bullet; Becky isn't so lucky

| Jan 23, 2016

SMAP dodges bullet; Becky isn't so lucky

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When media leaked intelligence on Jan. 10 that eternal boy band SMAP might be dissolving, the outpouring of fan emotion overwhelmed anything else that was happening in the show business world. One person who was probably grateful for the distraction was Rebecca Eri Ray ...