Jun 29, 2013

Pension fund panel to review portfolio

A government investment panel tasked with reviewing the nation’s public pension portfolio will hold its first meeting Monday, sources said. The panel, chaired by University of Tokyo professor Takatoshi Ito, will have about five members, they said. It will compile ideas for hiking the ...

Apr 18, 2013

Kis-My-Ft2 "Good Ikuze!" (Avex Trax)

by Patrick ST. Michel

Odds are, Japan Times reader, that you do not like Kis-My-Ft2. Maybe you’ve been unable to escape the bleating “Wanna Beeee!!!” while out strolling in Shibuya, or maybe they lost you at, “From the people who brought you SMAP and Arashi!” So this review ...

i-fls 'Diary of Spectre' (self-release)

Apr 18, 2013

i-fls "Diary of Spectre" (self-release)

by Patrick ST. Michel

The first song I ever made — and I’m willing to wager many who graduated high school in the mid 2000s share this experience — was using Apple’s GarageBand, a software application that lets people make music on their computers. “I made a killer ...

'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

Feb 1, 2013

'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

by Kaori Shoji

To describe “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” as a foodie film is akin to picking an English rose and calling it a flower. This documentary by New York-based David Gelb is at once a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and coveted meals, ...

'Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>'

Jan 23, 2013

“Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>”

by Patrick ST. Michel

My Japan Times colleague Ian Martin nailed the state of Japanese pop music when he wrote that it was “clinging on to the hoary old remains of the past.” The Oricon Chart’s top albums of 2012 list was dominated by “Best Of” compilations, with ...