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Tokyo Comedy Bar Opens In Shibuya

After the past couple of years, we could all do with more laughs. Yet when Ben “BJ” Fox proposed opening a comedy venue in the middle of a…

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Japan: The Shape Of Things To Come? Find out this Sunday (May 15)

Join some of the greatest experts on Japan to discuss the future of this island nation. This coming Sunday (May 15, starting 10am), sees a unique event at the Yokohama…

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Response to The Hollywood Reporter Article

Any competent journalist here knows that the civil servant laws here (公務員法) and the State Secrets Law make it a crime for government officials to divulge confidential information…

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May the Force Be With You (May 4th) Zen Wisdom From Star Wars! The Dao of Jedi

May 4th has become an iconic day for Star Wars fans across the universe.  "May The 4th Be With You" becomes "May The Force Be With You" quite…

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The 11 Rules Of Being A Good Journalist In Japan

Share your data. The internet is a vast and endless storage hub. If you’ve written something the world should know--put up supporting data and documents on the web,…

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Why I Said “Fuck You” To The Hollywood Reporter

Using all means at your disposal, tell the truth that the public has a right to know Be sure to protect your sources. If you can't protect your…

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Protecting Sources & Risking Lives: The Ethical Dilemmas of Japanese Journalism

"1. Write the truth by any means possible. 2. Protect your sources. 3. If you can't write the story, without protecting your sources, find new or different sources…

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Win a chance to see the premiere of Tokyo Vice!

A public service announcement.WOWOW will invite 100 people the special showing of the first episode of #TokyoVice on April 5The series is based on the book Tokyo Vice:…

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Tokyo Private Eye (東京探偵) the sequel to Tokyo Vice coming in Spring of 2023, with Marchialy (France)

Clients say they want to know, but they don't They want you to tell them what they want to hear But that's not the job My job is…

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A Farewell To Japan’s King of Toxic Masculinity: Shintaro Ishihara

Ishihara hated outspoken women and liberal men; he had no kind feelings for the US and refused to be enthralled or intimidated by western culture. Ishihara reserved his…

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Driving In Winter With Haruki Murakami… and Why We Still Need Him

Murakami's story is part of a compilation titled Men Without Women, a fate which, in the Murakami scheme of things is akin to death by torture. Men cannot…

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To End Global Warming: We Need Oil…To Be Left In The Ground

by Eddie Adelstein (special guest contributor) The earth's core is a like a sun hidden within the earth.Credit: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Scientists have abundantly proven that global warming is…

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Back To The Matrix: The 4th Time Is The Charm. ★★★★

BTW, there is only a smattering of the “bullet-time” that made the first film so ground-breaking, but for good reasons. It’s two and a half hours of B+…

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Live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Closing Ceremony

By Chihiro Kai As I sit here in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium press section, the seats are vibrating from the music and bass blasting out of the speakers.…

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My Brushes With the Yakuza – Reflections of Life in Akasaka, Tokyo

My first encounter with the 'yakuza' or the crooks and gangsters of Japan's underworld, happened when I was 14 years old, on my way home from cram school.…

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Lambda Is On The Lam In Japan

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are over but they may leave a lasting legacy in Japan: the deadly COVID19 Lambda variant; it first arrived on July 20th, when a…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Haunted By The Holocaust

Ah, I didn't know about this skit. This is no good. It's like if you did a sketch where the joke was the atomic bombings of Hiroshima or…

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The Music of Cruelty

“I’d strip (one kid) naked and roll him up in cords and make (him) masturbate. I made him eat shit and then performed a belly- to-back-drop wrestling move…

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What This Means (a short-story about love and marriage in Japan during the pandemic)

And then she would pretend to pout which was another cue for me to massage the back of her feet, and then we'd head off to the bedroom…

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The People of Tokyo Hate The Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Why do they protest?

Yesterday, June 23rd, marked one month before the opening of the “cursed” Tokyo 2020 Olympics and hundreds of residents marked the occasion by holding a protest in front…

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"Where Is The Romance?"–a hard-boiled meditation on mating rituals in Tokyo (for V-day)

In a departure from our usual somber posting, I've written an original prose-poem, which is for a friend's upcoming "Where is the Romance" theme party in Tokyo--a pre-valentines's…

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Pandemic highlights Japan’s historical lack of leadership and management

By Chihiro Kai "My evaluation of the Japanese COVID measures is that they are purely optimism based with no evidence, no grounds, as well as with very much…

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Japan’s Monster Mermaid Amabie is Here To Save You From COVID19! (Maybe)

Though the typical Japanese yokai is often grotesque and loves to play pranks on humans, the Amabie is a beach chick that emerges from the sea to foretell…

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Japan Solves Coronavirus Crisis With Magical Math

By Chihiro Kai. Edited by Jake Adelstein Suddenly, Japan which was facing a severe fourth wave of coronavirus infections, serious illnesses and death seems to be out of…

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THE BADGER AND THE STARS (a poem)

This girl will be named Shoko, spirit in flight, and years later when I moved from place to place, hobby to hobby, man to man, she'd lament naming…

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