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. ...

NHK discusses gender with a fresh openness

| Jun 23, 2013

NHK discusses gender with a fresh openness

by Philip Brasor

Two weeks ago, the nightly series “Heart Net TV,” which is broadcast on NHK’s educational channel, repeated a program about a 35-year-old Japanese man who married a 70-year-old Dutch man in the Netherlands. The series dedicates several programs a month to sexual minorities, and ...

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 ...