Monthly Archives: November 2010

Media Mix, Nov. 28, 2010

Here’s yesterday’s Media Mix, which is about one television reporter’s dogged pursuit of the truth behind the Ashikaga murder case, which remains unsolved since the man originally convicted in 1992 was found innocent last year. In the article, I mention how … Continue reading

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December 2010 CDs

Here are the CD reviews I wrote for the December 2010 issue of EL Magazine, which came out November 25. All the albums were released by local labels in Japan during the month of November 2010. Speak Now -Taylor Swift … Continue reading

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December 2010 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which came out yesterday. They cover films released in Tokyo between late November and mid-December. Titles without opening dates have already been released. Amelia Mira Nair’s … Continue reading

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Needs more blue: Russell Crowe in Tokyo

The last time Russell Crowe came to Japan, eight years ago to promote A Beautiful Mind, he was dressed like a slumming indie rocker (he was still fronting that band, Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts) and chain-smoking on the dais. … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 21, 2010

Here’s a link to this week’s Media Mix, which is about the Fuji TV drama “Freeter, Ie wo Kau” (A Freeter Buys a House). For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a “freeter” is a “free arbeiter,” meaning a … Continue reading

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Taylor made for Japan

On my way up to the balcony of Studio Coast to join the other media people for the Tokyo release party of Taylor Swift’s new album, Speak Now, a fellow foreigner who I’d never met before asked my why I … Continue reading

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Be my friend: Selling “The Social Network” to Japan

When Aaron Sorkin and Jesse Eisenberg came to Japan earlier this month to attend the Tokyo International Film Festival, whose opening film was The Social Network, which Sorkin wrote and Eisenberg stars in, they hung around and did a press … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 14, 2010

Here’s the link to this week’s Media Mix, which is a discussion of the Japanese government’s handling of two long-running territorial disputes, which coincidentally blew up at the same time, and the media’s general passive handling of related coverage.

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Media Mix, Nov. 7, 2010

Here’s today’s Media Mix in the Japan Times The darker side of motherhood In the first edition of the famous book of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, published in 1812, the story that has become known as “Snow White” … Continue reading

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TIFF, the interviews

The Tokyo International Film Festival ended a week ago, and the publicity department has finally posted all four of my interviews on their website. These were done specifically for the festival, which means they chose the subjects, not I. Except … Continue reading

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