Hide: The musician whose death rocked Japan

Music May 1, 2018

Hide: The musician whose death rocked Japan

by James Hadfield

On the evening of May 2, 1998, as most of Japan was basking in the annual Golden Week holidays, a few dozen young women had gathered outside an apartment building in Tokyo's Minamiazabu neighborhood. Earlier that day, the musician Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his ...

Yoshiki: 'We had to make our own world'

Music Mar 5, 2017

Yoshiki: 'We had to make our own world'

by Ryotaro Aoki

Yoshiki Hayashi hardly sleeps. The drummer, pianist, songwriter and leader of rock band X Japan has been in and out of the country constantly these past few months, promoting his band's new documentary film, "We Are X." At the same time he has been ...

Commentary / World Jul 10, 2009

F-35's superiority in the Japan-U.S. alliance

by Ross Babbage

CANBERRA — I enjoyed reading the newspaper commentary in mid-May by Weston Konishi and Robert Dujarric on the hurdles to Japan's acquisition of F-22 aircraft, and broadly agreed with the thrust of their argument. However, in my view this commentary perpetuated some misleading assumptions about ...