The top entertainment stories of 2016

Culture Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

Japanese movies may set ties with China in motion in 2017

Film Dec 24, 2016

Japanese movies may set ties with China in motion in 2017

by Takuya Karube

Japanese movies have the potential to give fresh impetus to efforts by Tokyo and Beijing to warm political relations in 2017, as evidenced by the recent smash-hit animation "Your Name." in China. Yoji Yamada, a prominent Japanese film director whose latest comedy's remake is to ...

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

Film Dec 21, 2016

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

by Mark Schilling

Nearly two decades after the Japanese New Wave of the 1990s, the directors who led it, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Naomi Kawase, are still the local industry's most prominent faces abroad. But this year a new generation of filmmakers has finally started ...

Animated film 'Your Name.' takes Japan by storm

Film Sep 27, 2016

Animated film 'Your Name.' takes Japan by storm

The animated film "Your Name." is taking Japan by storm, with its box office revenues surpassing the ¥10 billion ($99 million) mark in just 28 days since its release, marking a milestone for a Japanese animation other than the works of renowned director Hayao ...