Monthly Archives: July 2013

August 2013 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on July 25. Emperor Though most scholars think that Hirohito was more responsible for the Pacific War than is traditionally believed, … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney, Tokyo Dome 2002

Paul McCartney just announced that he will play five concerts in Japan this November, three of them at Tokyo Dome. The last time he was here for a concert was 2002, and I wrote about it for The Japan Times. … Continue reading

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The family register, ca. 1996

While researching this week’s Media Mix about figure skater Miki Ando and the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Inheritance Law as it applies to children born out of wedlock, we tried to find out if writer … Continue reading

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The “placard” video

 I heard about this video last week, when it had only received about 400 hits. Then Tokyo Shimbun ran an article about it and the number of views went up considerably. At the time of this writing the number of … Continue reading

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Notes on “mongrel” (and “mutt” and “bastard”)

A number of people were offended by the use of the word “mongrel” in my Media Mix column of July 7, and just as many seem to be confused by it. The word has no pejorative shading to me, though … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 7, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about TV personality Rola. When the story of her father’s alleged crimes broke I noticed at least one person on Facebook question the Japanese media’s obsession with Rola’s mixed-blood heritage. For the record, … Continue reading

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