Monthly Archives: May 2013

June 2013 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend. Nocturnes -Little Boots (On Repeat/Hostess) Girl Who Got Away -Dido (RCA/Sony) As the pop music cycle goes round and … Continue reading

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June 2013 movies

Here are the movies reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which will be distributed in Tokyo tomorrow. Celeste and Jesse Forever Though ostensibly a two-hander, this melancholic romantic comedy is mainly a showcase for Rashida Jones, … Continue reading

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The “comfort women” issue in 1997

Here is a column I wrote in 1997 about the “comfort women” issue, which was still relatively new at the time. In light of the controversy sparked by Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s comments, I thought it might be instructive to see … Continue reading

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Media Mix, May 5, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the government’s proposal to boost English language proficiency, mainly through utilization of TOEFL. Near the end of the column I mention the “parochial” nature of Japan’s world view, a stereotype I normally … Continue reading

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The pursuit of happiest: Will and Jaden Smith in Tokyo

In his newest sci-fi blockbuster, After Earth, Will Smith plays a man who is incapacitated during a crash landing on earth some thousand years into the future and in order to survive he has to send his own son, played … Continue reading

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