The Supreme Court doesn't budge on its stance on surnames, even though the Japanese public is moving in the opposite direction.
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:
Japanese teens are concerned about the planet, sort of. Chikyu Gumi, a candy that looks like the Earth, have been selling out in stores across the country.
Sari Kaede brings her journey as a transgender woman to the screen in a documentary titled "You Decide." She hopes to provide some support for young people in the process.
Yui Aragaki and Gen Hoshino announced they will be getting married, proving the idea that you can't find romance after 30 is an outdated one.
Two Japanese blogs have made headlines recently for racist remarks against ethnic Koreans, while online discussion starts to ask what Japanese people should do in response.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike wants young people to stay home and study rather than go out drinking during the pandemic. Is she targeting the wrong crowd, though?
Working remotely was something Japan, Inc. was never supposed to be able to do. Now that we've done it, is a shorter work week in the cards?
New York-based director Yuko Torihara hit the pavement with writer Henry Chang to highlight the stories of Asian Americans in her short documentary “Chinatown Beat.”
Plenty of people are still anxious about the effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as any side effects it might have.
The second state of emergency that was issued in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures in January has been largely ineffective in reducing the number of commuters each day.