Monthly Archives: August 2015

Should SEALDs student activists worry about not getting hired?

Should SEALDs student activists worry about not getting hired?

Summer 2015 — 70 years since Japan’s defeat in World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling coalition have rammed two security bills through the Lower House that…

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally

In one of the strongest signs of public frustration over controversial security bills likely to be passed by lawmakers next month, thousands of people surrounded the Diet building Sunday afternoon…

Nakano to be transformed into cosplay heaven this Halloween for MAG Festa 2015

Nakano to be transformed into cosplay heaven this Halloween for MAG Festa 2015

We’ve got the info on an upcoming event in Nakano, to be held on Saturday Oct 31; in other words, Halloween. The event will turn the area around Nakano Station,…

Culture clash: Entertainers add weight to government protests

Culture clash: Entertainers add weight to government protests

Judging from recent comments posted on Twitter and websites such as abe-no.net, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn’t appear to have endeared himself to a number of celebrities who hold plenty…

The cafe with a kabuki twist — we visit Tully’s Coffee at the Kabukiza Theater

The cafe with a kabuki twist — we visit Tully’s Coffee at the Kabukiza Theater

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese performing art that has been enjoyed by the masses since the 17th century and is known for its unique make-up as well as its distinct,…

Tokyo Olympics to get tough with drug cheats

Tokyo Olympics to get tough with drug cheats

Tokyo Olympic leaders are set to take a tough line on doping by preventing drug cheats from entering Japan in 2020, a senior official told AFP on Thursday. Sports director…

Japan eyes capping cost of Olympic stadium at ¥155 billion

Japan eyes capping cost of Olympic stadium at ¥155 billion

The government hopes to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at ¥155 billion, much lower than the ¥252 billion projected under a recently…

Olympic organizers defend designer over logo; deny it’s copied

Tokyo Olympic organizers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Summer Games was copied from a Belgian theater. At a news…

Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

When someone mentions GIFs, it usually calls to mind one of two things; funny TV show clips posted as responses on forum threads, or a burning desire to assert to…

SEALDs student group reinvigorates Japan’s anti-war protest movement

SEALDs student group reinvigorates Japan’s anti-war protest movement

Wearing shorts and a baggy T-shirt and clutching a microphone, Aki Okuda stands before a crowd, the pyramid-shaped roof of the Diet building lit up against the night sky behind…