Japanese fashion's great end to the year

Style & Design Dec 24, 2017

Japanese fashion's great end to the year

by Misha Janette

With the holidays upon us, it is a season for celebration. Japan's fashion industry has its own reason to enjoy the festivities, as the ceremony for the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix awards revealed some amazing talent on home turf. And then, we discover o-kaizome, ...

The education system still has much to learn

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Sep 30, 2017

The education system still has much to learn

There is a driven, compulsive quality to Japanese education, which emerges clearly in a report by Shukan Toyo Keizai magazine titled "Schools are breaking down." Technological progress has a side-effect: an economy that demands higher and higher education as the price of admission into it. ...

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 25, 2017

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

by Philip Brasor

During the recent Diet grilling over his alleged involvement in the Moritomo Gakuen land purchase scandal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused his opposition party tormentors of resorting to inshō sōsa. The most accurate English translation is probably "image manipulation," which, in the age of ...