Polish soap opera gives actor a chance to shine

Nov 25, 2013

Polish soap opera gives actor a chance to shine

A Japanese actor has been enjoying popularity among Poles after joining the cast of Poland’s most-watched soap opera. Hiroaki Murakami, 30, has gained popularity with his appearance in the soap opera “M jak Milosc” (“L for Love”) constantly hitting high notes in viewer ratings. ...

Nov 3, 2013

Schieffer, Howard among 4,242 set for autumn honors

Canon Inc. Chairman Fujio Mitarai and veteran actor Tetsuya Watari are among the 4,193 Japanese recipients of this year’s autumn decorations for their contributions to society, the government said Sunday. In addition to the Japanese, 49 foreigners from 31 countries and territories will be ...

Actor Hira recalls hibakusha mom, own twist of fate

Jul 30, 2013

Actor Hira recalls hibakusha mom, own twist of fate

by Mai Iida

Until not so long ago, renowned actor Mikijiro Hira had not talked much in public about his late mother, Hisayo, who barely survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The bombing, which took place on Aug. 6, 1945, is estimated to have ultimately killed, by ...

Rentaro Mikuni, movie actor and director, dies at 90

Apr 16, 2013

Rentaro Mikuni, movie actor and director, dies at 90

Actor Rentaro Mikuni died Sunday of acute cardiac failure, his family said Monday. He was 90. Mikuni, whose real name was Masao Sato, was renowned for his screen appearances and rose to stardom after making his debut in “Zenma” (“Eudemon”) in 1951, adopting his ...

Japan and America share their acting skills

Sep 8, 2011

Japan and America share their acting skills

by Graig Russell

Next year will mark the New York premiere performances of a new collaborative project whose organizers hope will spur a revolution in the film and theater industries of Japan. Hikobae, meaning, in Japanese, the new shoots that sprout from a felled tree, is the ...