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Michael Jackson’s popularity endures, even after new scandal

8 hours 11 min ago
The documentary “Leaving Neverland” presented a disturbing depiction of Michael Jackson as a child molester, but the initial wave of negative publicity hasn’t greatly diminished ...

Steamy romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:07
Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy” engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died ...

Rock pioneer Dave Bartholomew, co-wrote ‘Ain’t That a Shame,’ dies at 100

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:58
Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n’ roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain’t ...

Japan’s anime industry in crisis despite its popularity

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 03:00
Japan’s booming animation industry is in crisis — with low pay, long hours and a huge shortage of artists — just as its global popularity ...

‘The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me’: Music, life and reflections on the space in between

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:54
Janet Pocorobba's "The Fourth String" reconfigures the typical Japan fish-out-of-water memoir into a meditation on music and mastery, relationships, culture and narrative.

‘The Woman in the White Kimono’: Love and loss in postwar Japan

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:36
Inspired by her own father's experiences in Japan, in "The Woman in the White Kimono" author Ana Jones pens a bittersweet love story that weaves ...

‘Backlight’: All alone in the wilds of Hokkaido

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:34
Based on a real-life incident in which a 7-year-old boy was abandoned in the woods by his parents, "Backlight" examines the search and rescue operation ...

Russian prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova pays tribute to French fashion legend Coco Chanel in new show

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 06:02
The life and works of fashion legend Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was to be celebrated in a new ballet premiering at Moscow’s Bolshoi on Saturday that ...

Mick Jagger, band members in top form as Rolling Stones kick off postponed U.S. tour in Chicago

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 04:13
An energetic Mick Jagger skipped, spun, sprinted and pranced Friday night as the Rolling Stones launched their North American tour at Chicago’s Soldier Field.The 75-year-old ...

Ep. 5 ‘Reiwa!!’

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 02:58
Previously on “Terrace House”: Risako takes a drastic — some may even say desperate — step of winning the charming Ruka over by flat out ...

Wallenda stunt siblings to walk 25 stories high across Times Square Sunday on live TV

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 15:15
The rope is no wider than his thumb, the height is 25 stories up and the length is five city blocks, but what really concerns ...

Japan’s summer festivals plan for a final party before Olympic fever hits

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 23:24
As Yo La Tengo once sang, “summer’s what you make it,” and that’s especially true in Japan this year. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics ...

Building bridges to Bangkok through stage

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 23:21
Never at risk of being run of the mill, Chelfitsch — which took its name from a baby’s pronunciation of the English word “selfish” and ...

Embracing life and death at Reborn-Art Festival

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 21:49
The date March 11, 2011, carries a lot of weight in Japan. When the magnitude 9 Great East Japan Earthquake rocked the Tohoku region in ...

Netflix’s first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:56
On a high school trip to Jordan’s ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and ...

Pioneering singer-songwriter Sachiko Kanenobu finally gets her due

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 02:30
If she had to sum up the past couple of years, Sachiko Kanenobu would probably opt for a simple “OMG!”“That’s what I’ve said so many ...

‘Handling Method for Grumpy Woman’: A battle of the sexes, cliches and all

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 02:29
To talk about the differences between men and women now is to step into a minefield. One rhetorical foot wrong and off goes the tripwire.But ...

‘Ride Your Wave’: Love, loss, the sea and a surfboard

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 02:28
Since his theatrical debut “Mind Game” (2004), director Masaaki Yuasa has been known for warped, psychedelic films and TV series that stretch the limits of ...

Best-selling author and mom says Japanese parents should let kids fail to succeed

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 00:03
The bizarre and unreasonable rules that schools in Japan enforce upon children are not preparing them for the modern world where technology is changing what ...

Comic Jon Stewart keeps up pressure on Mitch McConnell over 9/11 victims’ fund

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:02
Comic Jon Stewart used his buddy Stephen Colbert’s late-night show to keep the heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passage of legislation to ...