Namie Amuro saves 'Kohaku' ... for now

Music | Sound Off Dec 28, 2017

Namie Amuro saves 'Kohaku' ... for now

by Patrick St. Michel

The weekly Shukan Bunshun released a survey in early November highlighting the acts its readers wanted to see perform on NHK's yearend "Kohaku Uta Gassen" music program. They chose Namie Amuro as the artist they wanted to see the most, likely because she announced ...

NHK announces 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup

Music Nov 27, 2015

NHK announces 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup

NHK released the lineup Thursday for the 66th edition of its annual "Kohaku Uta Gassen" yearend song contest. The contest, which airs on the network from 7:15 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, is set to include a total of 51 performing acts this ...

Can showbiz really sever yakuza ties?

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jan 22, 2012

Can showbiz really sever yakuza ties?

by Philip Brasor

Last August, comedian and TV emcee Shinsuke Shimada retired from show business following allegations that he'd been palling around with an underworld figure. His withdrawal came on the eve of the implementation of a well-publicized police crackdown on organizations that work with antisocial elements, ...