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For James Hadfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Deadpool 2': A tad tame but still a ton of fun

/ May 30, 2018

'Deadpool 2': A tad tame but still a ton of fun

Blame it on the Bat. For a brief period, Deadpool seemed like the most subversive player on the cinematic superhero circuit, deflating the genre's pretensions with a barrage of self-referential humor and fourth wall-breaking asides. But after last year's "The Lego Batman Movie," he's ...

'Isle of Dogs': Mutt ado about nothing?

/ May 23, 2018

'Isle of Dogs': Mutt ado about nothing?

If you've ever flipped on a TV in a hotel room in a country whose language you don't understand, you'll know what it's like to try to grasp for meaning when all the usual semantic signposts are gone. In "Isle of Dogs," Wes Anderson's latest ...

Hide: The musician whose death rocked Japan

May 1, 2018

Hide: The musician whose death rocked Japan

On the evening of May 2, 1998, as most of Japan was basking in the annual Golden Week holidays, a few dozen young women had gathered outside an apartment building in Tokyo's Minamiazabu neighborhood. Earlier that day, the musician Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his ...

Back to square one in war on dancing

Apr 26, 2018

Back to square one in war on dancing

It has been nearly two years since Japan revised an archaic law banning late-night dancing, but don't expect any celebrations to mark the occasion. Over the past few months, the Metropolitan Police Department has quietly renewed its campaign against unauthorized boogying, because Lord knows ...