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Kaori Shoji

Kaori Shoji writes about movies and movie-makers for the Film Page, plus takes a turn at the Bilingual Column. Biggest mistake of her career: taking the very dignified Nagisa Oshima to McDonald’s for an iced coffee.

For Kaori Shoji's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mission: Accomplished — Simon Pegg's path to blockbuster stardom

Aug 7, 2018

Mission: Accomplished — Simon Pegg's path to blockbuster stardom

Last week the "Mission: Impossible" franchise saw its biggest opening ever — $61.2 million — with the release of its sixth film, "Fallout." The action blockbuster's first installment hit screens in 1996, and for more than 20 years the series has served to showcase ...

Why do the Japanese suck at learning English?

| Jun 18, 2018

Why do the Japanese suck at learning English?

It's been said time and again: 日本人は英語がダメ (Nihonjin wa Eigo ga dame, The Japanese are terrible at English). In spite of the strong emphasis on 英語教育 (Eigo kyōiku, English education) instilled in a rigorous school system and the numerous 英会話学校 (Eikaiwa gakkō, English conversation schools) ...