The top entertainment stories of 2016

Culture Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

Breaking into and out of Japanese show biz

Film Feb 17, 2016

Breaking into and out of Japanese show biz

by Mark Schilling

Eiji Uchida's scabrous new comedy about the struggles of a down-and-out indie film director, "Lowlife Love" ("Gesu no Ai"), confirms what I have known for years: Japanese show business can be brutal to the weak or clueless. They end up used and discarded, like ...

Upbeat in the face of adversity

Lifestyle Dec 21, 2013

Upbeat in the face of adversity

by Jun Hongo

Twenty-four-year-old Yura Tsutsumi was first attracted to Yuta Suzuki after seeing how positive he was in everyday life. The pair met at university, where they had both studied nursing, and Tsutsumi soon realized that Suzuki was someone she could depend on. "He was always optimistic," Tsutsumi ...