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Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Feb 10, 2022
‘What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?’: Satoshi Miki’s inverted monster movie bites off more than it can chew
Satoshi Miki's disaster film about what happens after a monster attack sounds good on paper, but it's an almighty mess.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Feb 3, 2022
‘The Deer King’: No crown for Masashi Ando’s directorial debut
Despite an impressive roster of talent working on the film, “The Deer King” shares too many similarities with Masashi Ando's previous work and comes up short in comparison.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 27, 2022
‘The World of You’: Director returns to the complexities of youth
Akihiko Shiota's drama, which features two former members of idol-pop group Sakura Gakuin as teenagers who develop an intense bond, presents the delicate nature of relationships with nuance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 22, 2022
Japan under pressure to observe U.N. nuke ban treaty meeting
Japan relies on the U.S. nuclear umbrella for its security and is not one of the treaty's 86 signatory countries and regions.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Jan 16, 2022
A tragic narrative for women persists even as times change
A Heian Period text reads, 'Ladies must often depend on men who are nothing to them — it is the way of the world.' In Japanese literature, not much has changed.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Jan 15, 2022
‘The Mating Game’: NHK's 8K nature series reveals all
The national broadcaster's 5-episode natural history series, which follows the courting rituals of 80 species in 22 different countries, is the first of its kind to be shot entirely in 8K.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / Vocabulary Boost
Jan 14, 2022
Language roars to life in 2022, the Year of the Tiger
The arrival of the Year of the Tiger is an opportune moment to go over a few idioms and sayings that involve the animal of 2022.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 13, 2022
‘The Journalist’: A wake-up call that feels more like a lecture
Netflix's six-episode political drama series expands on Michihito Fujii's 2019 film of the same title, giving a detailed fictionalized account of a real-life scandal.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 10, 2022
Despite COVID-19 impact, Coming of Age Day ceremonies go ahead in Japan
While many coming-of-age ceremonies were canceled or hosted online, tens of thousands of young men and women gathered in Yokohama to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 7, 2022
New York Times to buy the Athletic in $550 million deal
While the purchase will add to revenue growth immediately, the Times expects the acquisition to reduce its operating profit for about three years.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 6, 2022
Carrie-Anne Moss resurrects her 'Matrix' action-hero role
The actress synonymous with Trinity faced the weight of expectations when she reunited with Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski for the new sequel.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jan 2, 2022
Escape into the courtly Heian Period with Genji
As a new year dawns, find calm and beauty in the vanished world of Murasaki Shikibu's 'The Tale of Genji.'
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 1, 2022
‘The End of the Pale Hour’: Love at first sight can be blinding
Takumi Kitamura stands out as one half of an unnamed couple in Hana Matsumoto's drama, which follows a typical movie romance arc until a cleverly devised twist changes everything.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Jan 1, 2022
What to expect in the Year of the Tiger
Astrologers say the tiger denotes strength, vitality and growth — qualities that will hopefully stand us in good stead as we look to move past the uncertainty that COVID-19 has wrought.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Dec 25, 2021
Fairy tale fantasies meet reality on ‘The Future Diary’ and ‘The Bachelor Japan’
Whether you're in the mood for a love story with a melodramatic touch or some messier romantic competition, streaming services have you covered.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Dec 24, 2021
Escapist bops and deep pop: Music was a mood in 2021
After a year in which Japan's music industry had to make its peace with streaming, this year saw more of the holdouts get on board with the times.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 21, 2021
A fond farewell to two musical inspirations
The music world lost two legendary musicians in December, Robert Michael Nesmith and Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 19, 2021
YouTuber gets hit with copyright claims, but is it Toei who’s out of line?
While companies have a right to protect their intellectual property, they should still realize the media landscape is changing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 17, 2021
All is not golden with the 2021 selection for kanji of the year
There was a sense of serious deja vu when 'u91d1' (kin) was announced as kanji of the year for 2021, it's fourth time to take the honor.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Dec 16, 2021
‘Shrieking in the Rain’: Frothy fun, good for a night in
Eiji Uchida's lighthearted ode to 1980s moviemaking treads similar territory as “The Naked Director,” but instead focuses on the film industry from a female perspective.

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Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan