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#61 Madara

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

It kinda went under the radar, but yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of the Touhoku Earthquake. According to the latest official report published yesterday, 2633 people are still considered missing, with 6148 injured and 15884 deaths.

Something I didn't realize before is that there are still major aftershocks of this earthquake. I only learned that because me and Berry actually experienced one, coincidentally on the first night of our trip to Japan last year on October 26th.

 

My tentative plan is to go to Japan next spring (pending approval from my retirement counselor). Hopefully before the next big event happens. 

 

I stayed home and watched tokusatsu shows yesterday, an odd way to commemorate the anniversary, but perhaps strangely appropriate. I watched episodes of "Ultra Seven," "Janperson," "Blue Swat," "Kamen Rider Den-O," "GoGo Sentai Boukenger," and "Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger."



#62 Madara

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:52 AM

The public relations war inside the U.S. being waged between Japan and Korea over the Comfort Women issue:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...+Asian+Rivalry/



#63 aine

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:08 AM

Not really news, but April 8th marks the 28th anniversary of Yukiko Okada's suicide. She was a budding popular idol singer, having debuted only 2 years earlier. Here's a video of her performing her first single, First Date:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=EDx-sKxCDLk (couldn't find one without Spanish subs, sorry :popper: )

What I did find was an interesting contemporary article about her and the "Yukko Syndrome" of a few copycat suicides: http://members.jcom....ada_Yukiko.html

In summary, a sad and largely unexplained incident, though popularly attributed to being unable to cope with the pressures of the idol fame.

Nb. she was born Kayo Sato and shares the family name (佐藤) with Morning Musume's Masaki Sato - but it's the most common Japanese family name so there are unlikely to be any family ties.

#64 Ap2000

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:35 PM

Not really news, but April 8th marks the 28th anniversary of Yukiko Okada's suicide. She was a budding popular idol singer, having debuted only 2 years earlier. Here's a video of her performing her first single, First Date:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=EDx-sKxCDLk (couldn't find one without Spanish subs, sorry :popper: )

What I did find was an interesting contemporary article about her and the "Yukko Syndrome" of a few copycat suicides: http://members.jcom....ada_Yukiko.html

 

Reminds me of the Werther effect.

 

Korea also had their fair share of starlet suicides:

http://www.sickchirp...brity-suicides/

Some of the suicides are also being linked to drug abuse and prostitution:

http://en.wikipedia....sequent_scandal



#65 Madara

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:22 AM

Justin Bieber denounced in China for visiting Yasukuni War Shrine:

 

http://artsbeat.blog...ref=todayspaper

 

Who knew the Bieb holds the same status as the Japanese Prime Minister?



#66 Samantha

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:32 AM

Of all the idiotic things the Biebs has done, honestly this seems like something that could happen to anyone who has the attitude of 'oh look a cool thing lets take a picture'.  I doubt it was something political, because he doesn't have the brains to execute something like that.



#67 Madara

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

Japan parliament outlaws possession of child pornography, with exemptions for anime and manga, but look who's featured prominently in the one photo they chose:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

 

 



#68 Star

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:44 PM

Oh my god! Can people not accept that there is nothing wrong with idols? They chose to be idols, knowing fully what they were doing. They are making money off of it, they signed up for it. Its no different in the west. All around the world, sexuality is "exploited". I wish they would stop blaming others and take a look at themselves. The western world is just as bad with using the scheme "sex sells". They also need to realize that the culture is different. You can't judge another culture based on tour own. You can only judge a culture against itself, so they need give it a rest already, even though it wont happen.

#69 Samantha

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:24 PM

I know what you are saying, Star, but child porn is child porn.  It's wrong.  It's definitely my least favorite thing about idol culture.  These young girls might not realize what they are signing up for.  I think the blame should mostly laid at the feet of the companies that make millions exploiting them.  They know sex sells.  And they take full advantage of it.  Just like you said.



#70 Anderei

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 08:17 PM

I'm not surprised the idol stuff isn't banned. Although some of it is definitely kind of side-eye worthy it doesn't really fall into the realm of pornography.

 

I was already under the impression it was illegal in Japan to possess this kind of stuff. Or was the law just that you couldn't produce it yourself?



#71 Star

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:35 PM

The law is that you could posses it but you couldn't produce it.

#72 Madara

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

AKB48 Wants You! For the SDF...

 

http://www.japantoda...boosts-military

 

I never even heard of Haruka Shimazaki, the AKB member recruited to serve as poster girl for today's Japanese military. But the article says she's popular.

 



#73 Ap2000

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:37 PM

AKB48 Wants You! For the SDF...

 

http://www.japantoda...boosts-military

 

I never even heard of Haruka Shimazaki, the AKB member recruited to serve as poster girl for today's Japanese military. But the article says she's popular.

 

Not cawai enough for me to join.

 

 

I always find it disgusting when idols do this military propaganda shit. It's far worse in SK, where nearly ever group at some point seemingly has to either do some official PR or at least some propaganda disguised as "cute military drills with clumsy idols, hey it's all just playful and fun in the military !" on TV shows.



#74 aine

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:37 PM

BABYMETAL gets interviewed by the Embassy of Japan in the UK

I thought this was newsworthy enough to post it here in addition to the BABYMETAL Thread. Even if it's a short and hardly in-depth interview I feel getting recognition from an official body does mean a lot, especially for such a young act. I don't know if MM or AKB have been honoured in a similar way during their respective trips to Europe, but I like to think that BABYMETAL are seen as ambassadors of Japan in the world, whereas MM and AKB were more of ambassadors of Japan in Japan... if that makes any sense.


I always find it disgusting when idols do this military propaganda shit. It's far worse in SK, where nearly ever group at some point seemingly has to either do some official PR or at least some propaganda disguised as "cute military drills with clumsy idols, hey it's all just playful and fun in the military !" on TV shows.


Morning Musume did that too some 11 years ago: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3.

#75 Madara

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

An Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by a Japanese critic of Prime Minister Abe's decision to "reinterpret" Article 9:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...&pgtype=article

 

Interestingly, the piece references a new Japanese film which glorifies the Kamikaze pilots called THE ETERNAL ZERO.

 



#76 aine

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:29 PM

Nevada-tan finds a worthy successor

The first headline I saw about this (not on BBC) didn't even mention Japan and my first thought was about Nevada-tan. And lo and behold, it not only happened in Japan, but in the very same Sasebo city too. :eekrun:

#77 Madara

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 11:05 AM

AKB48 in The New York Times! In color!

 

An article on CD sales in Japan in today's Times: "CD-Loving Japan Resists Transition to Online Music"

 

http://www.nytimes.c...odayspaper&_r=0



#78 Mizura

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 07:58 PM

Its interesting seeing an article about AKB48 that's marketed towards americans that isn't dissing AKB48 in the process. Articles I've seen in the past usually mention Heavy Rotation or another controversial song.



#79 Madara

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 10:15 AM

Shirley Yamaguchi has died at the age of 94:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

She was a Japanese actress, born in China, with a fascinating history behind her. I know her from her few Hollywood films, most notably HOUSE OF BAMBOO (1955), and the one Japanese film of hers I've seen, MADAME WHITE SNAKE (1956). I believe she was one of the inspirations for the main character in Satoshi Kon's animated drama, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (2001), although I've never heard her cited that way. Under the guise of being a Chinese actress, she starred in Japanese films made as propaganda during Japan's occupation of China. The main character in MILLENNIUM ACTRESS starts out that way also. In real life, Yamaguchi was almost executed for treason in China after the war until she was able to prove her Japanese ancestry and sent back to Japan.

 

Here's the DVD cover from MADAME WHITE SNAKE using her Chinese name, Li Xiang Lan:

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With Robert Stack in HOUSE OF BAMBOO:

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#80 Ap2000

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 02:34 PM

 

But she was one of the inspirations for the main character in Satoshi Kon's animated drama, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (2001)

 

Wasn't that character only based on Hara Setsuko (and Takamine Hideko, according to wikipedia) ?



#81 Madara

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 03:18 PM

 

 

But she was one of the inspirations for the main character in Satoshi Kon's animated drama, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (2001)

 

Wasn't that character only based on Hara Setsuko (and Takamine Hideko, according to wikipedia) ?

 

 

Now that you mention it, I've never actually seen her cited as an inspiration for that film. I just assumed it since the character in MA started out as a teenage girl playing in Japanese propaganda movies shot in Manchuria, just like Yamaguchi did. I went back and added a qualifier to my post. 



#82 Ap2000

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 05:16 AM

 

Off topic, but North and South Korea are going to have talks and I'm really pleased.

 

It's always the same shit with Korea. NK is never going to change until there is a suddent revolt.



#83 Ap2000

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 06:29 AM

See, they do this shit all the time:

http://www3.nhk.or.j...0141007_28.html



#84 NekoKai

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 08:26 PM

Oh god damnit.  At least the Hong Kong protesters and their government will hold formal talks.



#85 Ap2000

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 01:20 PM

See, they do this shit all the time:

http://www3.nhk.or.j...0141007_28.html

 

Now there was some firing on land:

http://www.bbc.com/n...d-asia-29568533

 

 

I think we can rename this thread to something like Asia news, since it's not only about Japan anymore.



#86 aine

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

I think we can rename this thread to something like Asia news, since it's not only about Japan anymore.


Good idea.

I also split the Occupy Hong Kong talk to its own thread since it's a big enough topic to deserve it. Should have done this much sooner really.

#87 Ap2000

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 12:29 PM

There's an interesting dispute going on with/about the Asahi Shinbun and the academic discourse surrounding the pro-nuclear energy lobby and also the freedom of speech, really:

http://www.japantime...ls-to-fire-him/

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/229



#88 Madara

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 09:38 AM

"Pressure in Japan to Forget Sins of War"

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

Detailing opposition by the "Net Right" to efforts by Japanese villages to commemorate Koreans who died from forced labor in Japan during the war. One a-hole even insists: “If Koreans were involved in the construction of the airfield, they came of their own free will.” :facepalm:

 

Also in the Times today is another piece on the sins of the war, this time on the Yasukuni War Shrine and an attempt--by conservatives!--to remove the 14 war criminals from the shrine and thus eliminate the stigma the shrine has.

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper



#89 Madara

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 09:37 AM

China and Japan seem to be relaxing their positions a bit on the disputed islands:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

 

Any development that steers these two away from conflict can only be a good thing, right?



#90 Ap2000

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:02 AM

China and Japan seem to be relaxing their positions a bit on the disputed islands:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

 

Any development that steers these two away from conflict can only be a good thing, right?

 

In the NHK article makes it sound nothing more than a "agree to disagree" thing:

http://www3.nhk.or.j...0141107_40.html

 

"The third point notes Japan and China acknowledge they have different views on tensions over the Senkaku Islands and surrounding areas in the East China Sea in recent years.
It says they agreed to prevent the situation from worsening through dialogue and consultation. They also agreed to create crisis management mechanisms to avoid any escalation of tension."

 

Ironically, it was Xinhua that called out to Japan for "thinking of the Chinese people":

http://www3.nhk.or.j...0141108_07.html

 

Eventhough it's actually the Japanese fishers that have to fear the Chinese boats:

http://www3.nhk.or.j...0141107_39.html

 

I've yet to hear of Japanese boats entering the Chinese coastline.