Actress Nanami weighs the pros and cons of going it alone

Film Sep 8, 2016

Actress Nanami weighs the pros and cons of going it alone

It has been estimated that around 1 in 10 actors are working at any given moment. For the other nine, that can make for a constant hustle — a Woody Allen character once described the film industry as being "worse than dog-eat-dog, it's dog-doesn't-return-other-dogs-phone-calls." Japan ...

Yuya Uchida on music, media and Madonna

Music Jun 19, 2016

Yuya Uchida on music, media and Madonna

Strolling in late for our meeting, his shoulder-length white hair lightly flowing, trademark cane in hand and sunglasses on, Yuya Uchida may now be in his mid-70s, but he still carries himself with the air of a rock star. Uchida has been a colorful and ...

Silent Siren delivers a dose of idol-pop pep on 'S'

Music Mar 6, 2016

Silent Siren delivers a dose of idol-pop pep on 'S'

With a proliferation of idol-pop groups in the music scene these days, getting a start in the industry isn't always easy — even for a band made up of former models. "We started out in 2010 playing in front of five or six people, 10 ...

Chiaki Hara reaches out to cancer survivors

People Feb 5, 2016

Chiaki Hara reaches out to cancer survivors

Things were looking good for Chiaki Hara at the start of 2005. She was an accomplished actress, having starred in the 1997 tragic romance "Shitsurakuen" ("Lost Paradise") and 2002' drama "Aiki," and her profile as a social commentator was also on the rise. Then, ...

The 'Great Terracotta Army' marches on Japan

Art Nov 5, 2015

The 'Great Terracotta Army' marches on Japan

A small section of Qin Shi Huang's terra-cotta army marched into the Tokyo National Museum last week and will remain there until February before descending on the cities of Fukuoka and Osaka. The 2,200-year-old life-size statues — sometimes referred to as the "eighth wonder of ...