Monthly Archives: October 2016

Media Mix, Oct. 30, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the status of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces when they’re dispatched overseas to participate in peacekeeping missions. What’s odd about the obfuscation carried out by the government is that, by all accounts, the public seems to … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 23, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the new documentary, A Whale of a Tale, which looks at the people of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, who were profiled in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove. For the record, I liked The Cove, though … Continue reading

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“Ken Park,” September 2003

I recently realized that almost all of the music reviews I wrote for the Japan Times in the 90s and the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun during the same decade are not available on the Internet, so … Continue reading

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October 2016 albums

Here are the album reviews for the October issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo at the end of September. Big Mess -Grouplove (Atlantic/Warner) Wild World -Bastille (Virgin/Universal) The title of Grouplove’s third album neatly sums up their … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 2, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the coverage of a government survey on sex, marriage, and procreation. The main point of the column is that, contrary to the media’s interpretation of the study, sexual activity probably hasn’t changed all that … Continue reading

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October 2016 movies

Here are the movies I reviewed for the October issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. The BFG The title of this Spielberg-blessed fantasy will obviously provide hours of off-color entertainment for nasty-minded adolescents, but it … Continue reading

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