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20 Questions: The best answers of 2017

People | 20 QUESTIONS Dec 31, 2017

20 Questions: The best answers of 2017

What brought you to Japan? I came here for the magic. Osaka is home to some of the best close-up magicians in the world. — Ben Daggers, magician Richard Brezina | COURTESY OF RICHARD BREZINA What's your favorite Japanese word or phrase? I like Japanese tongue-twisters; my ...

The top sports stories of 2017

General Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...

The top business news stories of 2017

Business Dec 27, 2017

The top business news stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these economy and technology stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Morass of data scandals: Kobe Steel Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Toray Industries Inc. were all swept up in data falsification scandals, damaging Japan's reputation for high-quality production. In ...

The top overseas news stories of 2017

World Dec 26, 2017

The top overseas news stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these international news stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Trump takes power: Donald Trump was inaugurated U.S. president on Jan. 20, ushering in a tumultuous period for the United States. Trump attempted to shake up much of what ...

The top domestic news stories of 2017

National Dec 26, 2017

The top domestic news stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected the following domestic news stories as the most important of 2017. Blast threat: An intermediate-range ballistic missile test is conducted by North Korea on May 14. | KNS / VIA KYODO 1. The tension builds: North Korea launched a spate of ...

Surefire formulas failed Japanese cinema in 2017

Film Dec 20, 2017

Surefire formulas failed Japanese cinema in 2017

by Mark Schilling

In a quarter-century of reporting on the Japanese film industry, I've yet to find one optimist about its future. I used to regularly hear laments from veteran filmmakers and executives who remembered the industry's 1950s glory days, when admissions exceeded 1 billion annually and the ...

A year filled with standing ovations

Stage Dec 19, 2017

A year filled with standing ovations

by Nobuko Tanaka

While 2017 featured many great stage productions and performances, these were among the standouts: 'Wasureru Nihonjin' ('The Japanese Who Forget') Chiten Watching this latest work by the wonderfully gifted young playwright Shuntaro Matsubara felt like being swept along in a flood of insightful observations about Japanese people ...