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Japan Times
Mar 28, 2010
Death of Yeats end of Irish literary revival, says Pound, Noh enthusiast
June 5, 1939
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Mar 28, 2010
Our man, Mr. Pound
On May 15, 1939, readers of The Japan Times were introduced to a new correspondent — although, in literary circles, at least, he needed no introduction. He was Ezra Pound, then a 53-year-old American Modernist poet who could boast accomplishments that included having launched the career of T.S. Eliot.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2010
Letter from Rapallo
Aug. 12, 1940
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Mar 25, 2010
Japan by the numbers (03.25.2010)
Japan sounds off on overtime, online gaming and which part of a woman is the sexiest.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Mar 24, 2010
Japan by the numbers (03.24.10)
Our surveys of the week say ... people sometimes do bad things, and plan to drink beer under the sakura.
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Mar 12, 2010
Japan by the numbers (3.12.10)
Surveys say ... Holmes is hotter but Watson (or a government worker) would make a better husband.
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Mar 5, 2010
Japan by the numbers (03.05.10)
75% of Japanese housewives have bought their husbands clothes. Reading Japan by numbers, it's shocking what you might learn.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Feb 23, 2010
Japan by the numbers (2.23.10)
Our survey says ... 78% of all surveys have an agenda: Japan by the numbers.
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Feb 8, 2010
Japan by the numbers (02.08.10)
What's going on in Japan, by the numbers.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Jan 29, 2010
Japan by the numbers (01.29.10)
What's going on in Japan, by the numbers.
Reader Mail
Dec 20, 2009
No outlet for youthful aggression
Regarding the Dec. 13 editorial, "An education in violence": It doesn't take a Harvard economist to know that the peak of physical strength begins in middle school and much of this has no outlet for release. A highly regimented society like Japan only forces everyone to come out like straitjacketed sausages. If Japan had a history of true pacifism, I would suggest a two- or three-year conscription period starting in middle school, but because of Japan's war atrocities and perceived lack of remorse for them, that would only invite suspicion from neighbors. . . . Not even Bushido, the tea ceremony or traditional arts can contain this (youthful) aggression. shui bin chen
Reader Mail
Nov 8, 2009
Downbeat on new government
Was there not an historic election just over two months ago that ushered in a supposedly foreigner-friendly government that has put issues like suffrage for permanent residents in local elections on the table? Does it not have a minister who has talked about building a Japan not just for the Japanese, and does not an American-Japanese "half" represent the people of Okinawa?
Jul 26, 2009
Pope's dream of heaven on Earth
HONG KONG — Of all the criticisms and critiques of the state of the world since the financial crisis that triggered global recession, the most devastating and yet the most profound and constructive came this month from such an unusual and unlikely source that many media ignored them. Yet the comments deserve a global audience.
Jul 22, 2009
Protectionist trend on the rise
In the English language the word "Protection" sounds warm and friendly. Everyone needs protection against the storms of life and it is nice to give protection and be protected. But lift this innocent word into the international sphere and it becomes a sinister and ominous concept, a harbinger of narrow selfishness, conflict and impoverishment.
Jul 14, 2009
The right to know about Okinawa
In March 2009, a group of citizens filed a lawsuit demanding that the state disclose three diplomatic documents related to the 1972 reversion of Okinawa from U.S. to Japanese rule. The government had turned down a September 2008 request based on the Freedom Information Law to disclose the documents saying that there was no evidence that the documents exist or that they had been destroyed or transferred. But the United States already disclosed the documents in 2000 and 2002.
Jun 7, 2009
Consequences of hostility on the Peninsula
SEOUL — Once again, the Korean Peninsula is experiencing one of its periodic bouts of extremism, this time marked by the suicide May 22 of former President Roh Moo Hyun, and North Korea's second test of a nuclear device.
May 17, 2009
A story line to push the economy
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Since hitting bottom in early March, the world's major stock markets have all risen dramatically. Some, notably in China and Brazil, reached lows last fall and again in March, before rebounding sharply, with Brazil's Bovespa up 75 percent in May compared to late October 2008, and the Shanghai Composite up 54 percent in roughly the same period. The stock market news just about everywhere has been very good since March.
Jul 21, 2008
Toning down the convenience
In an attempt to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, some local governments are planning to ask convenience stores to rethink their round-the-clock operations. If fully implemented, fewer business hours would have a great impact on people's lifestyles. As a first step, though, it would be necessary to consider various factors in nationwide public discussions on convenience stores.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2008
Japan's culture policy lingers in limbo
It's a fact that has long puzzled devotees and plain old tourists alike. Japan's manga and anime arts have been wowing the world for more than a decade, and yet the national government still hasn't got around to setting up a proper museum for their enjoyment, preservation and study.
Mar 17, 2008
Punishing bureaucratic neglect
The Supreme Court earlier this month upheld a suspended prison sentence for a former health ministry official who had been found guilty of failing to prevent the sale and use of HIV-contaminated blood products that resulted in the death of a patient suffering from impaired liver function. It concluded more than 11 years of criminal investigations and trials linked to the 1980s' HIV outbreak caused by tainted blood products. AIDS caused by the infection killed more than 600 people, many of them hemophiliacs.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on