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‘The Emissary’: Power, poison, pain and joy inside its DNA

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 06:38
In her latest work, "The Emissary," Yoko Tawada joins the ranks of other Japanese writers who use their writing to comment on the catastrophic and ...

‘First Snow on Fuji’: Yasunari Kawabata exhibits his mastery of the short story

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 06:36
In "First Snow on Fuji," nine short stories and one dramatic work selected by Kawabata himself highlight this literary master's minimalist prose.

‘Plum Rains’ is entertaining, provocative and eerily plausible

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 06:34
In this complex sci-fi novel, Andromeda Romano-Lax weaves in issues of robotics, kamikaze pilots and Japan's dependence on foreign healthcare workers.

Keeping the lesson of Hiroshima alive through one family’s story

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 00:04
With only a chair, a lamp and a book to assist him, Tatsushi Amano, 54, has been providing dynamic glimpses into the hardships of postwar ...

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing rumored to be target of tax probe

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 23:37
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has disappeared from social media amid rumors she is the target of a tax evasion investigation.Fan, 36, usually maintains a prominent ...

Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron to star in film on harassment at Fox News

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:57
Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron are to lead an all-star cast in a new movie about former Fox News hosts Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, ...

Lawyers for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones file to quash Sandy Hook defamation suit

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:54
Lawyers for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones asked a Texas court on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit against him and his InfoWars website filed by parents ...

‘Sensei Kunshu’: Looking for love in all the wrong places

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:00
Student crushes on teachers are a pop culture staple (ask any Van Halen fan). In real life, they’re a minefield, with trip wires becoming ever ...

‘Flavors of Youth’: A China-focused anthology falls flat

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 02:59
So-called anthology films, made up of multiple shorts based around the same theme, are a staple of the anime industry and are generally created to ...

In Yokohama, they’ll be dancing in the streets

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:00
Summer is a time for dancing. Across the country there are countless local matsuri (festivals) in which a regionally specific odori (dance) is the main ...

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff: Got lump in throat telling of Trump inaccuracy

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:13
Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff says it affected her when she mentioned on air that President Donald Trump had said something that wasn’t accurate.“The first time ...

More hip-hop, more J-pop and a typhoon: Fuji Rock 2018 was full of new energy

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:00
Nothing encapsulated the strangeness of this year’s Fuji Rock Festival than the spectacle that unfurled on the main Green Stage on Saturday night. After delivering ...

Former AKB48 star Atsuko Maeda marries actor Ryo Katsuji

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 02:37
Atsuko Maeda, 27, a pop cultural icon and original member of the all-girl group AKB48, has married actor Ryo Katsuji, 31, an official of his ...

Bertrand Lavier’s ‘Medley’ blows hot and cold

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 02:00
Bertrand Lavier seems to relish messing with our cognitive dissonance. As the self-taught artist, who originally studied horticulture, put it in a 2016 interview, "Art ...

‘Pippi Longstocking and the World of Astrid Lindgren’

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 01:59
July 28-Sept. 24Created by Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), the “Pippi Longstocking” series of kids’ books was inspired by a story that the Swedish writer made up ...

‘Sugiura Kunie: Aspiring Experiments New York in 50 Years’

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 01:58
July 24-Sept. 24Nagoya-born artist Kunie Sugiura was 20 when she moved to the U.S. to study at the Chicago Art Institute. One of the few ...

‘Bauhaus Imaginista: Corresponding With’

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 01:57
Aug. 4-Oct. 8Founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, the Bauhaus school combined fine arts and crafts under the concept that all art ...

Bill Cosby fighting classification as sexually violent predator

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 16:46
Bill Cosby’s lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator.They also ...

Japanese places second at prestigious Varna ballet contest; three others take third

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 22:26
Japan’s Haruto Goto won second prize Sunday at an international ballet competition in Bulgaria considered to be the “Ballet Olympiad,” while three other Japanese dancers ...

CBS weighs suspension of CEO Leslie Moonves over sexual assault claims: report

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 19:00
CBS directors are weighing whether chairman and chief executive Leslie Moonves should step aside as the U.S. television network investigates claims he sexually harassed women, ...