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December 2017 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the December issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on Nov. 25. The Age of Shadows Set during the Japanese colonial period of the 1920s, Kim Jee-woon’s double agent thriller … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 3, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about Japan’s difficulties in becoming an arms exporter. The gist of the piece is that there is still a certain reluctance to call a spade a spade, and thus arms sales are spun … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 19, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the hold that nationally famous plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu has over the media. The doctor’s comments about Nazis were what brought me to discuss his career, which I’ve followed since the 90s, at least, … Continue reading

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October 2017 albums

Here are the albums I reviewed for the October issue of EL magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on September 25. The Nordic Mellow -Siv Jakobsen (P-Vine) Lovers -Anna of the North (Different/Hostess) When we think of Scandinavian pop, Sweden … Continue reading

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October 2017 movies

Due to a truckload of work and other commitments I wasn’t able to upload the reviews I wrote for the October issue of EL Magazine when the issue was released, so here they are, late by more than a month. … Continue reading

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The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

I once again worked for the Tokyo International Film Festival, covering events for their website. Here are the (unattributed) articles I wrote for the festival. Thanks to Karen Severns for the great editing work. “Sparring” press conference “Aqerat” press conference … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 29, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about progress in organ transplants in Japan. Generally speaking, I don’t think the media is the real reason behind the lack of public knowledge about transplants and organ donation, but by and large what tends … Continue reading

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