Mickey Curtis: from rocker to 'Robo-G'

| Feb 5, 2012

Mickey Curtis: from rocker to 'Robo-G'

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The pioneers of the rock 'n' roll era on both sides of the Atlantic have now largely faded from the show-business scene — which is hardly surprising, given that those still strutting their stuff are in their 70s and 80s, and even "The King" ...

Tenten Hosokawa: Drawing the blues away

| Dec 4, 2011

Tenten Hosokawa: Drawing the blues away

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In the last few decades, clinical depression in Japan has emerged from its longstanding obscurity shrouded in shame and guilt to becoming far more openly recognized as a national disease. A 2010 report by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry put the number of patients ...

Satoshi Kamata: Rebel spirit writ large

| Oct 2, 2011

Satoshi Kamata: Rebel spirit writ large

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Monday, Sept. 19, was Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. But on that sweltering national holiday, it wasn't the heat that that drew tens of thousands of people to Meiji Park in central Tokyo, but their concerns for all the nation's citizens, and ...

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

| Aug 7, 2011

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

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In conversation, Tadanori Yokoo jumps nimbly between the past and the present. One moment he's watching the sky glow red as bombs rain down on Kobe during World War II. The next he's riding in a taxi with Yukio Mishima. And then he's back ...

Atsuko Muraki: Fighter for justice

| May 1, 2011

Atsuko Muraki: Fighter for justice

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Atsuko Muraki was thrown into the public spotlight in 2009, when she was head of the Equal Employment, Children and Families Bureau at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. Back then, Japan's major news media suddenly started casting her as a lead perpetrator in a ...