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Mark the new year with a commitment to books on Japan

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 00:00
2019's impressive lineup of books on Japan, include classic reprints, new fiction and studies of the nation's international relations.

Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 06:34
To close out the Year of the Dog, why not read some of the best in canine literature in Japan.

Israeli author Amos Oz dies at 79

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 21:35
Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died on Friday after ...

‘It Comes’: The bogeyman cometh in Tetsuya Nakashima’s horror debut

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 01:53
Tetsuya Nakashima has been filming the darker sides of human nature for more than two decades, the most commercially and critically successful example being his ...

Arizona man finds magic moments in TV show on uncle Harry Houdini

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:28
Growing up, George Hardeen never thought too much about being related to arguably the most famous magician of all time, whose name is synonymous with ...

Alleged victim of Kevin Spacey sexual assault filmed part of incident

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 16:41
A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a seaside restaurant near Boston in 2016 filmed part of the incident, according ...

Bad headlines for Trump also mean ratings slump for key backer, Fox’s Sean Hannity

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 15:15
The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn’t been good for his most prominent backer in the media.While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity ...

Paul McCartney Christmas message to fans: ‘Don’t eat and drink too much! I know I will’

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 14:30
Paul McCartney’s Christmas message to his fans around the world: Don’t be like me and eat and drink too much.The 76-year-old former Beatle tweeted his ...

Kevin Spacey faces charge in Massachusetts in sexual assault of teenager

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:57
A Massachusetts prosecutor says Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned next month on a charge of indecent assault and battery on allegations he sexually ...

Hayao Miyazaki: The never-ending story

Sun, 12/23/2018 - 00:01
In September 2013, animator Hayao Miyazaki said: "Through the years I have frequently talked about retiring, so many of you are perhaps wondering if this ...

New Banksy artwork brings crowds to Welsh steel town

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 21:56
A new work by enigmatic street artist Banksy has brought visitors flocking to the back of a car garage in Port Talbot, causing quite a ...

Red Circle Authors: Sending Japanese literature westward

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 06:38
Red Circle Authors is a "home" for a group of established Japanese writers, helping to promote their work overseas while heightening awareness of the great ...

Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 06:36
Concise enough to be read in one sitting, "Schoolgirl" combines Osamu Dazai's familiar themes of melancholy, alienation and despair with levity and humor.

Toriko Takarabe’s ‘Heaven and Hell’: A child’s perspective of war’s aftermath

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 06:34
Toriko Takarabe's "Heaven and Hell," a 2005 novel recently translated into English for the first time, provides the key to Takarabe's poetry and childhood, both ...

Sexual assault case against Steven Seagal dropped

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 20:38
Hollywood action star Steven Seagal will not face prosecution after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, prosecutors said Friday.The ...

New York justice lets movie maker Harvey Weinstein’s criminal charges stand

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:26
A New York state judge on Thursday denied Harvey Weinstein’s motion to dismiss criminal charges that he sexually assaulted two women, rejecting the movie producer’s ...

‘There is no moral’: Stephen Colbert says Trump spoof book ‘Whose Boat is This Boat?’ wrote itself

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:25
For Stephen Colbert and his “Late Night” staff, the best-selling spoof “Whose Boat Is This Boat?” essentially wrote itself.Because all of the words are by ...

2018 was a busy year for gamers in Japan, with established franchises and open world epics reigning supreme

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 01:26
Many gamers began 2018 by teaming up with a garishly outfitted cat and rushing into battle against a big, angry monster. Some of those same ...

As two rule breakers gave the Japanese film world hope in 2018, elsewhere eyes turned to China

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 03:20
The Japanese movie business is something like a restaurant where new cooks and waiters arrive as old ones retire or die, but the menu remains ...

Progressive voices and the enduring charm of ‘Terrace House’

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 02:57
In the English-speaking world, Japanese TV in 2018 was celebrated for how boring it could get. But it was anything but domestically, where viewers questioned ...

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