In Japan, the 'collapse of the family' is old news

Jul 14, 2014

In Japan, the 'collapse of the family' is old news

by Kaori Shoji

One of the things the Japanese media love to discuss is kazoku no hōkai (家族の崩壊, collapse of the family) — an evergreen topic that’s been around since the late 1960s, a time when most urban Japanese families could first afford a television. Academics and ...

Jul 10, 2014

Boy dies in Nagano mudslide, after record downpour

A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. According to the prefectural government and other authorities, the mudslide occurred at a tributary of the Kiso River in the late afternoon, ...

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

| Jun 6, 2014

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

by Danielle Demetriou

The art critic wanders purposefully around the gallery, passing instant, scathing judgment on the surrounding artworks. Full marks are allocated to a portrait photography collection, a hand-drawn anime on a screen and the coloring-in tables. But one definite no-no? A video installation in a ...

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

May 30, 2014

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

by Mark Schilling

Family photos in Japan, especially ones taken for formal occasions such as shichi-go-san (seven-five-three) ceremonies, are often as stiffly posed as 19th-century tintypes, with Mom, Dad and Junior never cracking a smile. When American photographer Bruce Osborn began taking photos of parents and children ...