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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Politics and cinema intermingle at Busan International Film Festival

Oct 13, 2018

Politics and cinema intermingle at Busan International Film Festival

The 23rd edition of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened Oct. 4 as Typhoon Kong-rey approached the South Korean port city. When the storm peaked on Saturday morning, some public events were cancelled, but the screenings continued and were still packed with press, ...

Repatriation program reveals Koreans' plight in Japan

/ | Oct 6, 2018

Repatriation program reveals Koreans' plight in Japan

In August, five North Korean defectors residing in Japan filed a lawsuit in Tokyo District Court charging Pyongyang with human rights abuses. The plaintiffs were described in the Mainichi Shimbun as "second-generation ethnic Koreans" who grew up in Japan but moved to North Korea ...

Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes

/ | Sep 29, 2018

Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes

Earlier this month, two different Tokyo District Court sessions associated with the maglev bullet train line now under construction were convened. In one, major contractor Obayashi Corp. was prosecuted for rigging bids for work on the project. In the other, a citizens' network was ...

The problem with padding employment records in Japan

/ | Sep 22, 2018

The problem with padding employment records in Japan

In August, it was reported that central government ministries and agencies, not to mention national legislative offices and local governments, have for years been fulfilling their legal responsibility to hire certain numbers of people with disabilities by fudging criteria for determining what qualifies as ...

Variety shows seek insights into people's lives

/ | Sep 8, 2018

Variety shows seek insights into people's lives

One of the better Japanese reality shows in the first decade of the new millennium was TV Tokyo's "Inaka ni Tomaro" ("Let's Visit the Countryside"), which premiered in 2003. Ostensibly a travelogue, it featured second-tier celebrities who were dispatched to rural areas where they ...