One year on from arts world 'disaster'

Stage Dec 4, 2013

One year on from arts world 'disaster'

by Natsume Date

It's Oct. 27 and the setting sun fades to darkness. A long line of people begins to form around Tsukiji Honganji Temple next to the world-famous fish market in central Tokyo. The scene recalls what happened there last year on Dec. 27, the funeral ...

Aspiring thespians get help in realizing dreams

Stage Mar 8, 2013

Aspiring thespians get help in realizing dreams

by Nobuko Tanaka

If you had a son or daughter who announced they wanted to be a stage actor, whatever would you say to them? In Japan today, as in centuries past, this still remains a dreaded scenario for many "respectable" parents hoping to raise children who will ...

What Japan needs to do

Life Jan 13, 2013

What Japan needs to do

by Edan Corkill and Tomoko Otake

With its economy spluttering, large parts of its northeastern region still devastated by the effects of the mammoth Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 — and releases of radioactive materials that followed — its population shrinking and aging at unprecedented rates and its citizens ...