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Blame batted about for stadium blunder

| Jun 6, 2015

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

by Philip Brasor

The media is still very positive about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but its ardor has cooled significantly with regard to the way the central government is holding up its end of the bargain. When Tokyo was selected by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos ...

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

| May 30, 2015

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

by Philip Brasor

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to stop buying dolphins captured during drive hunts conducted by fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. For the past decade, the town has received a great deal of negative publicity because of its dolphin slaughter, and ...

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one

| May 23, 2015

Lowball nuclear pitch is fooling no one

by Philip Brasor

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced the results of a review of energy production costs, which concluded that nuclear will remain the cheapest alternative for Japan over the next 15 years while pointing out that the calculations took ...

JCP gains ground, but not column inches

| May 16, 2015

JCP gains ground, but not column inches

by Philip Brasor

Years ago a Japanese acquaintance applied for a green card when her American husband decided to move back to the United States. Someone told her she should not say she once voted for the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) during her interview, otherwise U.S. Immigration ...

The golden arches lose their luster

| May 9, 2015

The golden arches lose their luster

by Mark Schreiber

The sharp downturn in business at McDonald’s — which has thrived for most of the past 44 years in Japan — has got everybody talking. This past January alone, revenues at existing outlets, the company announced, had fallen year-on-year by a whopping 38.6 percent, ...

May 4, 2015

Scorsese says movie 'Silence' inspired by Catholic upbringing

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the drama “Silence” — based on a novel by Shusaku Endo — was inspired by his religiously observant childhood, despite the Hollywood heavyweight not typically being known for spiritual outpourings. Lauded for his direction ...