Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

May 25, 2017

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear and earthquake-tsunami calamity. With the visage of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, the dress-up doll first debuted in 1967 and ...

May 10, 2017

Tepco mandated to create fund for scrapping Fukushima plant

The Diet passed a bill Wednesday requiring Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to put aside extra funds to decommission its crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, as the state seeks to gain more financial control over the utility. Under the revised law, the state-backed ...

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

| May 4, 2017

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

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It’s official: You can’t escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference, which I was invited to speak at, ...