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Media Mix, April 22, 2018

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about how and why the Finance Ministry protects its own in the face of scandal. Because the FM is considered the most powerful bureaucratic organ in the government, it has a kind of symbiotic relationship … Continue reading

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Albums April 2018

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on March 25. Both Sides of the Sky -Jimi Hendrix (Legacy/Sony) Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings -Jackie DeShannon (MSI) … Continue reading

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Media Mix, April 8, 2018

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about a feud between the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Adachi Ward over the latter’s implementation of a sex education course in one of its public junior high schools. As mentioned in the article, Adachi is … Continue reading

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Movies April 2018

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last weekend (a little later than normal due to a printing error). Black Panther By now it’s difficult to separate the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, March 18, 2018

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about train groping, or “chikan.” Though I think it’s apparent from the overall tone of the column, it should be noted that the majority of male commuters do not grope, and, most likely, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, March 4, 2018

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the media’s treatment of mental health issues, which have been in the news lately. The main thrust of the article is that, influenced by government policy, which has always advocated for isolating people diagnosed … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 25, 2018

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the Shitamachi bobsled project. As mentioned in the column, the Japanese government was involved in the project for a time with subsidies. According to the Diamond Online article cited, the money came from a … Continue reading

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