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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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Media Mix, June 19, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about last month’s big ATM heist. At the end of the column I mention a segment about credit card security that aired on NHK’s morning information program “Asaichi.” The segment was one of the few … Continue reading

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Keiko Horikawa and the forgotten remains of the victims of Hiroshima

President Barack Obama’s speech in Hiroshima in May was lauded as a gesture of great historical significance. The U.S. remains the only country to ever use a nuclear device for the deliberate purpose of killing people, and the conversations about … Continue reading

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June 2016 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on May 25. Hopelessness -Anohni (Rough Trade/Hostess) Beautiful Lies -Birdy (Atlantic/Warner) In her past pop incarnation as Antony Hegarty, Anohni sang … Continue reading

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June 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on May 25. Burnt Bradley Cooper is good at playing assholes, and Adam Jones, the borderline sociopathic chef he portrays in … Continue reading

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Media Mix, May 29, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the obscenity trial of the artist Rokudenashiko, which ended earlier this month in a guilty verdict that she will appeal. As discussed in the piece, much of the trial was taken up with debate … Continue reading

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May 2016 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on April 25. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made -Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Warner) Man About Town -Mayer Hawthorne (Victor) Reportedly, when … Continue reading

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