Japan's Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits

TV Mar 15, 2019

Japan's Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits

by Sam Nussey

On a Friday night at a downtown Tokyo television studio, 12 teen models with cutesy nicknames like "Ayamin" and "Kyokyo" are waiting nervously to find out who has won coveted spots on the cover of Popteen magazine, a Japanese fashion bible. The girls, sporting a ...

Former SMAP stars find freedom online

Music | Sound Off Nov 9, 2017

Former SMAP stars find freedom online

by Patrick St. Michel

When a wrecking ball fell on and destroyed a car, I was hooked on a 72-hour live stream starring three former members of pop group SMAP. Airing last weekend on the online streaming site AbemaTV, this program found Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori ...