The Japanese media and entertainment world can be almost Stalinist in its approach to damage control. When a celebrity is arrested for an infraction, and especially if it involves drugs or illegal ...
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The claw game is a staple of the Japanese game center arcade, where it is known as the crane game. It has also withstood the tests of time quite well and remains popular, despite its obviously analog ...
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Last week the Japanese media was caught off-guard by the announcement that the actress Emi Takei and singer Takahiro from the pop group Exile had got married, and that Takei is ...
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Japan is suffering from a phenomenon known as "umi-banare" -- literally, "moving away from the sea" -- whereby fewer and fewer people visiting Japan's beaches to take advantage of one the country's ...
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The weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun has published allegations that the entertainer Rola is stuck in a 10-year "slave-like" contract with her agency. Though she is apparently suffering mentally and ...
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Fans, your prayers have (almost) been answered. Studio Ghibli has negotiated with Aichi Prefecture on the location of a Ghibli theme park, set to open sometime in 2020 -- mostly likely in time for ...
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We've seen a real surge in interest in kendama domestically and overseas. As discussed in previous posts, the comeback of the traditional cup-and-ball Japanese toy has manifested itself as ...
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Moff is based in Tokyo but has its sights firmly on the global market. Its wearable smart toy Moff Band was released internationally after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014. Now it has ...
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More photos have been released for the upcoming stage musical version of beloved anime and manga "Naruto". "Naruto" recently ended its long, successful manga serialization, leaving the door open ...
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Spiral Garden in Omotesando will be celebrating the stage design work of protean Japanese comedian, actor, writer, director and artist Kentaro Kobayashi. The "Art Made by Kentaro Kobayshi for ...
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Do you ever get the desire to shoot one of the ubiquitous AKB48 girls? Yes, we know we are not alone in our antipathy towards the hyper-manufactured bubblegum Akiba idol "music" group. Well, ...
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Miss International, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who famously came forward recently about the remarkable stalking she suffered at the hands of Japan's entertainment world movers and shakers, has now gone one ...
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Nippon TV's Song for Japan might seem like a typical singing contest except for the fact that none of the contestants are Japanese. It's a contest that is exclusive to foreigners, presumably for the ...
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A recently announced index of television celebrity popularity analyzing data up to August by Video Research Ltd. showed some interesting trends as well as one more baffling development. The top ...
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Yoshimoto Kogyo, one of the biggest entertainment companies in Japan, will host a one-of-a-kind talk show in Shibuya in September, featuring a group of hafu comedians. The theme of the "Hafu ...
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