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Japan jumps into the music stream

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:14
The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared ...

Massachusetts drops Kevin Spacey sex assault case after alleged victim refuses to testify

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:37
Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case accusing former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket ...

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:11
When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn’t need to look further than her own industry.The Taiwanese actress ...

Two women named for Japan’s Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:53
Two female novelists were selected Wednesday to receive Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards for their works, one of which depicts stalker-like behavior by ...

Kitri: Sisters are doin’ it for themselves

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:30
Monami Kida can’t remember the last time she had an argument with Hinano, her younger sister and partner in the classical-meets-pop project Kitri.“It might have ...

‘Tokyo Ghoul “S”‘ — A college, a cafe and a cannibal

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:29
Big pop-culture franchises generate movie sequels as naturally as chickens lay eggs.Directed by first-timers Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki, “Tokyo Ghoul ‘S'” is a follow-up ...

‘Under Your Bed’: Sleeping with the enemy

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:28
Rare is the child who hasn’t lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country ...

Emmy award nominations for Marie Kondo and her Netflix show may spark joy

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:21
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo and her Netflix program “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” have been nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards, the television academy said ...

Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost?

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 16:33
No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement ...

South African musician Johnny Clegg, vocal white foe of apartheid, dead at 66

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:41
South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, ...

George Porter Jr.: The man bringing the funk to Fuji Rock

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:30
If the Beatles are Liverpool’s fab four, The Meters are New Orleans’ funky four.During the 1960s and ’70s, bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” ...

Yokoyama Kazan: The Edo Period influencer

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:29
The Edo Period painter Yokoyama Kazan's imaginative works depicting Kyoto, inspired not only artists but also intellectuals and writers, including the novelist Natsume Soseki.

‘Hiroshi Kobatake: Called by Wood’

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:28
July 20-Sept. 8The son of a Western-style painter father and a Japanese-style painter mother, sculptor Hiroshi Kobatake (1935-96) studied at Tokyo University of the Arts. ...

‘Insects: Models for Design’

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:27
July 19-Nov. 4Though insects are integral to environments and affect our everyday lives, due to their variety, surprisingly little is known about them. Their vibrant ...

‘The World of Yamamoto Nizo: Animation Art Director Born in Goto Island, Nagasaki’

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:26
July 20-Sept. 16Born in the Goto Islands of Nagasaki Prefecture, the animation art director Nizo Yamamoto is renowned for his background illustrations for numerous Studio ...

Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:40
Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the “authentic casting” debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.The ...

Iran spy TV show ‘Gando’ seen glorifying hard-liners imprisoning reporter

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:54
The Farsi caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what ...

Ten tales to chronicle the growing sadness of an aging Casanova

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 06:53
Hiromi Kawakami's "The Ten Loves of Nishino," a collection of interconnected short stories centering around the titular character, is a poignant examination of gender relationships ...

Taro Gomi: Still writing, still drawing, still beloved

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 06:34
Children's author Taro Gomi has authored over 450 books in his striking visual style, many of which — "Everyone Poops" included — have become classics ...

Federal sex-crime charges brought against singer R. Kelly

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 23:12
R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying ...