Monthly Archives: January 2013

Media Mix, Jan. 27, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about oidashi beya, a relatively new method of personnel rationalization where redundant employees are assigned to sections that give them nothing to do. The term was made popular in a feature by the Asahi Shimbun, … Continue reading

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February 2013 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo yesterday. Warrior -Ke$ha (RCA/Sony) Unorthodox Jukebox -Bruno Mars (Atlantic/Warner) P!nk opens her latest record with “R We All We R,” an … Continue reading

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February 2013 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo today. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel This eminently dismissable comedy belongs to that burgeoning genre featuring older British actors exploring the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 20, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the taibatsu (corporal punishment) controversy surrounding the suicide of a high school basketball player in Osaka. So far the main witness to come out against taibatsu in the major media has been … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 6, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the business of seeds in Japan. As I pointed out in the column, the vast majority of Japanese farmers do not make their own seeds because it is a difficult, time-consuming process. Consequently, the … Continue reading

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