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Japan and China: Forging ties in the electronic underground

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 01:15
WWWβ — a subterranean space under Shibuya’s WWW and WWWX venues dedicated to “club alternative” — is a frequent stop for DJs and producers at ...

‘Saturday Night Live,’ politics, diversity could rule at Emmys

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 16:45
There are critical points about the 70th Emmy Awards to keep in mind, starting with this: The ceremony airs Monday.Typically held on a Sunday, it ...

Amuro fans flock to tribute events as Japanese diva says farewell to show business

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 05:50
On Sunday fans across the country flocked to events paying tribute to pop diva Namie Amuro, marking the day she will step out of the ...

Piano trio first from Japan to win ARD classical music competition in Germany

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 05:29
A Japanese piano trio won first prize in the prestigious ARD International Music Competition on Saturday, the organizer said.The Aoi Trio, formed by graduates of ...

Veteran Japanese actress Kirin Kiki dies at 75

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 01:43
Kirin Kiki, a veteran actress who had long battled cancer, died early Saturday morning at the age of 75 at her home in Tokyo’s Shibuya ...

‘Yakuza Tattoo’: Inside the secretive world of the yakuza’s tattoos

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:53
Andreas Johansson spent almost three weeks immersed in the world of the yakuza, photographing and talking to around 30 gang members for his book, "Yakuza ...

Mieko Kawakami: A writer’s writer who is at once highly readable and immensely popular

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:34
From her distinctive style to her choice of topics, Mieko Kawakami is both a writer's writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist ...

Pop singer Amuro bows out with final performance in Okinawa hometown

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 02:37
Fans of pop singer Namie Amuro, who has a broad fan base across Asia, turned up the heat in Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday as the ...

Tokyo International Film Festival announces opening, closing films and pre-festival screening of 2017 award-winner

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 20:02
It was announced this past week that the Tokyo International Film Festival will kick off its 31st edition on Oct. 25 with the film “A ...

A CBS network shaped by Leslie Moonves seen challenged after his ouster

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 16:32
For the past two decades, CBS may just as well have been called the Moonves Broadcasting System. Now it’s time to move on.Leslie Moonves, who ...

Could Domo-kun at 20 mean Domo-kun 2.0?

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 02:26
Whatever happened to Domo-kun, the furry brown monster with the jagged maw? When I first got to Japan I used to see him everywhere. Now ...

Akinori Nakagawa captures Frankie Valli’s voice in ‘Jersey Boys’

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 02:22
Nothing sounds quite like the early 1960s more than the vocals of Frankie Valli. As lead singer of The Four Seasons, his falsetto remains an ...

Olympic stadium architect Kengo Kuma unveils futuristic museum in Scotland

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:49
A futuristic museum designed by Tokyo Olympic Stadium architect Kengo Kuma and featuring exterior concrete slabs in a hull shape was unveiled in Scotland on ...

’60 Minutes’ chief Jeff Fager out at CBS amid misconduct probe

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:47
CBS News on Wednesday fired “60 Minutes” top executive Jeff Fager, who has been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and ...

Video shows Harvey Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:46
A video of Harvey Weinstein caressing and propositioning a woman who accused him of rape aired on television Wednesday.Melissa Thompson, who sued Weinstein in June, ...

‘Come On Irene’: You can’t buy love … or a decent protagonist

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:05
In the late 1980s, Japanese media ran a flurry of reports on an alarming shortage of brides in the country’s rural areas. Unable to find ...

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop’s first queen

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:59
For millions of Japanese music fans in the 1990s, Namie Amuro wasn’t just the Heisei Era’s defining pop star, she was someone they grew up ...

Revisit the biggest albums of Namie Amuro’s career

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 01:50
From 'Sweet 19 Blues' to '_genic,' Namie Amuro covered a lot of musical ground.

When ‘Amuraa’ ruled Japan

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 01:39
When pop diva Namie Amuro took the music scene by storm, she not only captivated throngs of girls and women with her performances but also ...

The Lagerphones look to charm Japan one coffee shop at a time

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 02:50
If you’re in a foreign band trying to plan a tour in Japan, you sometimes need to improvise when it comes to booking venues. That ...