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Media Mix, July 19, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the government’s proposal to lower the age for criminal trials from 20 to 18, presumably as a sop to the public and the media, which think that brutality among youth is on the increase … Continue reading

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July 2015 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the July issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. In Colour -Jamie xx (Young Turks/Hostess) Animation -Young Juvenile Youth (Beat) Though Jamie xx’s solo album has been anticipated … Continue reading

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Media Mix, June 28, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the mainstream press reaction to Okinawan Governor Takeshi Onaga’s trip to the United States to explain his opposition to the U.S. Marine base at Henoko. In the piece, I mention that former State Department … Continue reading

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July 2015 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last Thursday. Avengers: Age of Ultron Just as the huge box office success of this second installment in the Marvel superhero … Continue reading

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Media Mix, June 21, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the fires in Kawasaki in May that killed 10 people living in a kanishuku hakujo. Though I mentioned it only in passing, the day lodgings in Sanya tend to be made of … Continue reading

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Media Mix, June 14, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about Japan’s very qualified response to the idea of allowing more immigrant workers into Japan to alleviate the labor shortage. Of course, the last time the government tried to import laborers without actually giving them … Continue reading

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June 2015 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. The Magic Whip -Blur (Parlophone/Warner) Danger in the Club -Palma Violets (Rough Trade/Hostess) You have to hand it to … Continue reading

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