Finbar O'Mallon

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Cleveland police credited with keeping convention protests peaceful

World / Politics Jul 22, 2016

Cleveland police credited with keeping convention protests peaceful

Cleveland breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday night as the Republican National Convention closed without major incident. The lead-up to the convention had media outlets and Cleveland police planning for the worst, expecting large turnouts at violent protests against presidential nominee Donald Trump. Rather, small ...

Sharla in Japan

Digital | JAPAN TIMES BLOGROLL Feb 23, 2015

Sharla in Japan

Sharla of Sharla in Japan is a 29-year-old, Canadian-born, Tokyo-based “YouTuber” (“That's what they call it here,” she says). With over 200,000 subscribers to her channel, she documents her life. After regular trips to Japan in her teens and early 20s, Sharla finally settled in ...

Dot Hacker picks Tokyo for first trip abroad

Music Feb 17, 2015

Dot Hacker picks Tokyo for first trip abroad

Josh Klinghoffer sounds exhausted even after taking a nap, "I didn't feel so well today," he says over the phone from Los Angeles. He has worked himself into the ground over the past few days, working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ...

The Ramen Book

Books / Reviews Feb 14, 2015

The Ramen Book

In 1972, Cup Noodles earned their fame during a live television broadcast of a siege in Nagano Prefecture — the Asama-Sanso incident — when the hostage-takers were shown slurping the hot noodles up. The Ramen Book, by Hayato Ishiyama112 ...

National / Politics | ANALYSIS Feb 10, 2015

Australia sub deal puts Abe in precarious position

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a leadership challenge on Monday, but his last-minute pledge to allow an open tender on the construction of new submarines poses a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who must weigh the political risks of becoming more public ...

Asian Comics

Books / Reviews Feb 7, 2015

Asian Comics

At the start of "Asian Comics" John A. Lent announces Japanese comics won't get a mention — so manga fans, back away. Instead, he traces the development of cartoons in China, Korea, Malaysia and other Asian nations. Asian Comics, ...

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

Books / Reviews Jan 31, 2015

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

Ground Zero, Nagasaki, by Seirai Yuichi, Translated by Paul Warham. Colombia University Press, Fiction. Seirai Yuichi's "Ground Zero, Nagasaki" tells six short stories centered around Nagasaki's Christian community and the ongoing trauma of its atomic bombing. Paul Warham's clear translation means Yuichi's writing retains a ...