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Aerosmith, Tokyo Dome, March 1998

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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Media Mix, Sept. 4, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about Rokusuke Ei and Kyosen Ohashi, both of whom died in July. The column is mainly about their pacifist leanings owing to the fact that they lived through the war, but in terms of their … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 28, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the fate of Japanese zoos. In the piece I didn’t talk very much about the media’s role in the way zoos are presented to and perceived by the public, mainly because we’ve covered that … Continue reading

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August 2016 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo July 25. Wildflower -The Avalanches (Universal) Cheetah EP -Aphex Twin (Warp/Beat) The Avalanches’ first and, until last week, only album has … Continue reading

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August 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on July 25. Amy Since the late Amy Winehouse’s career dovetailed with the social media era, her life was thoroughly documented, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 31, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about recent moves by the government to make education policy that discourages differences. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party originally came up with the idea to fortify morals education back in 2007, during the first Shinzo … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 3, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about recent press coverage of the death penalty. Though I stress that the mainstream media avoids the question of whether or not Japan’s application of capital punishment amounts to retribution, I should point out that … Continue reading

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