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'Ainori' teaches lessons in love ... and soft power

Feb 8, 2018

'Ainori' teaches lessons in love ... and soft power

by Patrick ST. Michel

Netflix Japan's reboot of the reality show "Ainori" features plenty of drama — most of it interpersonal, but some geopolitical. The streaming-era version of the show, a joint effort between Fuji TV and Netflix, debuted last fall. Like the original incarnation that ran from 1999 ...

NHK tries to clear up LGBT misconceptions

/ | Feb 3, 2018

NHK tries to clear up LGBT misconceptions

by Philip Brasor

Last month, publisher Iwanami Shoten was criticized for its definition of “LGBT” in the newest edition of Kojien, which is considered to be the most authoritative dictionary of the Japanese language. The complaint was specifically about the meaning of the acronym’s “T” portion, which ...

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

/ | Jan 6, 2018

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

by Mark Schreiber

Four topics dominated Japan's non-Twitter news cycle for the last quarter of 2017. Two involved sports: the signing of 23-year-old baseball superstar Shohei Otani to play for the Los Angeles Angels of the American League; and the resignation of sumo grand champion Harumafuji after ...

Fuji TV's home-improvement wrecking ball

/ | Dec 23, 2017

Fuji TV's home-improvement wrecking ball

by Philip Brasor

A popular sub-genre of reality TV is the home-improvement show, and as with many things having to do with television, Japan did it first. On TV Asahi's "The Before and After," which launched as a weekly series in 2002, superannuated, usually cramped properties are magically ...

/ Oct 17, 2017

Fuji TV apologizes over comedy show mocking gay men

A Japanese TV network apologized Monday for making viewers "feel unpleasant" over a comedy program that revived a 30-year-old stereotype character depicting a gay man. The character called "Homo-oda Homo-o," a name incorporating "homo" — a derogatory term in Japan for homosexual men — twice, ...