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Yen For Living, May 24, 2015

It’s probably obvious that most of the posts for our Yen For Living blog, which since April has morphed into a twice monthly column in the Japan Times, originated with our own experiences as consumers. This week’s piece, about mobile … Continue reading

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Media Mix, May 17, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the improved fortunes of the Japan Communist Party in recent elections. As stated in the article, the media generally doesn’t take the party seriously, even though they are paying closer attention. Maybe that sounds … Continue reading

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May 2015 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit -Courtney Barnett (Milk!/Traffic) Carousel One -Ron Sexsmith (Cooking Vinyl/Imperial) … Continue reading

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May 2015 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Akahama Rock’n Roll Haruko Konishi’s documentary about the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture has already attracted some controversy … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 26, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about a town in Iwate Prefecture that is struggling with the central government over a proposed seawall. Yesterday, several media reported that the government will definitely ask Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures to take on … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 19, 2015

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about changing attitudes toward school athletics. If there’s a central theme to the piece, it’s probably the idea that sports is all about appearances. It’s not a novel or original idea, but it is one … Continue reading

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April 2015 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. What Happens Next -Gang of Four (Victor) Citizen Zombie -The Pop Group (Freaks R Us/Victor) Though not an integrated … Continue reading

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