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Producers of musicals take shows overseas

National Sep 11, 2013

Producers of musicals take shows overseas

As the population shrinks and competition from overseas stiffens, even the most popular local theater troupes are finding it increasingly difficult to attract new fans at home. So now they're taking their shows abroad. For example, in April, the all-female Takarazuka Revue Company performed in ...

Stage Aug 10, 2013

Japanese co-producer shares in Tony win for Lauper musical

Yasuhiro Kawana, 52, exchanged high fives with American pop icon Cyndi Lauper when "Kinky Boots," a Broadway show he co-produced, was declared the winner of this year's Tony Award for Best Musical. "It was like a blue sky appeared on the ceiling" of Radio City ...

National Dec 3, 2008

Hara, 82, to hang up saxophone

Saxophonist Nobuo Hara is set to bring his 57-year career as a big-band leader to an end with his last tour of the country. "Jazz is music that gives you an energetic feeling, but to play it means physical labor," the 82-year-old Hara said. "There's ...

Japanese agar threatened by cheap imports

National May 6, 2008

Japanese agar threatened by cheap imports

In an idle rice field along the Tenryu River in Inadani, Nagano Prefecture, white filiform agar glittered on a reed screen under the rising February sun. The temperature was minus 8 degrees. February is the perfect time to harvest agar. Agar, a gelatinous substance made ...