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August 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Ida Austerity is often a comfort to the psychologically oppressed, a means of focusing on something simple so as … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 27, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about the arrest of artist Rokudenashiko. For the column I spoke to American filmmaker Anna Margarita Albelo, who was in Tokyo to screen her movie, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, at the Tokyo International Lesbian … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 20, 2014

Here is this week’s Media Mix, mainly about Friday magazine’s “scoop” of what went down at NHK following an exclusive live interview with LDP Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on “Closeup Gendai,” but also about the mainstream media’s tepid coverage … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 13, 2014

Here is this week’s Media Mix, which is about the government’s difficulties in cutting medical expenses. Before anyone starts citing the column as proof that universal health care doesn’t work, keep in mind that, strictly speaking, Japan’s national health insurance … Continue reading

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July 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the July issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Lazaretto -Jack White (Third Man/Sony) Turn Blue -The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner) It’s safe to say that classic guitar rock—blues-based, … Continue reading

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July 2014 movies

Here are the reviews I wrote for the July issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Beyond the Edge Given his status as New Zealand’s greatest 20th century hero, it seems unfortunate that the late Sir … Continue reading

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Media Mix, June 29, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about the local coverage of the foreign coverage of the June 18 heckling incident in the Tokyo assembly. As the column indicates, even the Japanese press has admitted that it wouldn’t have been as interested … Continue reading

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June 2014 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. Sheezus -Lily Allen (Parlophone/Warner) Shakira (RCA/Sony) You envy Lily Allen at your own peril. She’s one of the most … Continue reading

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June 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. The Grand Budapest Hotel It’s telling of Wes Anderson’s curious ouevre that his best films are set in an … Continue reading

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Media Mix, May 18, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the press reaction to a research group’s finding that a good many local governments may actually vanish by mid-century due to loss of population, specifically young females. The government has been talking … Continue reading

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