Ditch the downer sounds of 2021 for brighter bops, Shibuya-kei and breakout hits via TikTok.
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The newly released fourth season of "Aggretsuko" digs into some truly bleak storylines about the realities of work, but still finds a way to humanize even its most unlikeable characters.
Japanese broadcast television’s slate of new year programming features star-studded blowouts that offer the perfect dose of moderately entertaining content as we head into 2022.
Whether you're in the mood for a love story with a melodramatic touch or some messier romantic competition, streaming services have you covered.
Members from Snow Man, A.B.C-Z, 7 Men Samurai and Shonen Ninja take on the ultimate physical challenge.
After a year in which Japan's music industry had to make its peace with streaming, this year saw more of the holdouts get on board with the times.
While companies have a right to protect their intellectual property, they should still realize the media landscape is changing.
The 11-member act signals the rise of reality TV talent competitions geared toward the social media age.
Netflix's adaptation of a beloved anime series has been met with groans, but the recent South Korean hit “Squid Game” demonstrates how anime can in fact be brought to life successfully.
According to NHK’s official site, this year’s theme is “Colorful” to represent the program’s mission to bring “color” to the lives of people during COVID-19 and highlight Japan’s diversity.