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Media Mix, June 11, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the press’s take on the female imperial succession issue. As pointed out in the column, there are people involved in the discussion who think one solution to the problem of not enough imperial family … Continue reading

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June 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. In-ter a-li-a -At the Drive In (Rise/Hostess) Slowdive (Dead Oceans/Hostess) It probably says more about At the Drive In’s … Continue reading

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June 2017 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Afterimage Andrzej Wajda’s final movie is a fitting study of an artist under pressure, a role Wajda himself has … Continue reading

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“From the Journals of Jean Seberg” and “Jean Seberg: American Actress,” Nov. 1999

I recently realized that almost all of the movie reviews I wrote for the Asahi Shimbun in the 90s and early 00s are not available on the Internet, so I will remedy that by slowly, methodically posting them here on my blog. … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 23, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the documentary, Nihon to Saisei, on the feasability of renewable energy in Japan. As I said in the column, the movie is a polemic, strongly in favor of renewables, that does not … Continue reading

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April 2017 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. SweetSexySavage -Kehlani (Atlantic/Warner) Ensen -Emel (Partisan/Hostess) The question posed by Kehlani Parrish is, How could someone so young sound … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 2, 2017

Here is this week’s Media Mix, which is about the unofficial “Nippon Sugoi!” campaign. “Nippon Sugoi!” is usually translated as “Great Japan!”, though I think “Amazing Japan!” is closer to the vernacular meaning, since “sugoi!” is so commonly used as … Continue reading

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