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Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

National Feb 22, 2018

Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

by Chisato Tanaka

On Feb. 22, which is Neko No Hi (Cat Day) in Japan, some major Japanese companies have entered into the spirit of the celebration and surprised the public by changing their corporate names to capture the heart of cat-loving potential customers (presumably just for ...

Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival

Stage Feb 22, 2018

Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival

by Nobuko Tanaka

In the world of Japanese contemporary drama, the action often takes place offstage as well as on. A case in point is what happened to Chiaki Soma, the program director at Festival/Tokyo from 2009-13, who is the main force behind the Theater Commons Tokyo festival, ...