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'Love × Doc': A rom-com on doctor's orders

Film / Reviews Apr 25, 2018

'Love × Doc': A rom-com on doctor's orders

by Mark Schilling

When successful Japanese scriptwriters direct films, they tend to try too hard, cramming in characters, gags, plot twists and a blizzard of cuts. Sometimes, the busyness works, as in Koki Mitani's "Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald," a 1997 screwball comedy about a chaotic radio broadcast ...

Half of new adults strangers to romance: survey

National Jan 10, 2015

Half of new adults strangers to romance: survey

by Tomohiro Osaki

Nearly half of Japan's 20-year-olds have never been in a romantic relationship and 1 in 5 has never fallen in love, a survey by a marriage counseling firm says. The annual survey, conducted by O-net for the past 20 years, covered 600 fledgling adults slated ...

Japan's elderly reach for the joys of romance

National Feb 12, 2014

Japan's elderly reach for the joys of romance

by Sawako Obara

On her first date with her stoop-shouldered "prince," Tae, a 77-year-old widow, felt her heart flutter in her chest as she gazed with him toward brightly lit Tokyo Tower. While this may just be a scene from a recent Japanese movie about a gray-haired couple's ...

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

Lifestyle Nov 9, 2013

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

by Jun Hongo

Despite being located almost a stone's throw from the historic town of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture and establishing itself as the gyōza capital of Japan, Utsunomiya was languishing in the economic doldrums for the much of the early 2000s. Nearly a decade later, the situation ...