Japanese People

Schemes lure more Asians to retire in Southeast Asia

Japanese retiree Shigeru Tanida, 65, teaches karate in Kuala Lumpur, where he has lived since 2006, drawn by the lower costs. Photo: AFP

Like many mothers, Ritsuko Kawasaki fretted over the health and safety risks of remaining in Japan after last year's quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 5:06am

Japanese barred from Beijing marathon in 'safety measure'

Competitors running the 2004 marathon in Beijing. Photo: AP

Organisers of the Beijing Marathon have barred Japanese runners from taking part due to safety concerns after a fresh flare-up in a territorial dispute between Japan and China, a report said yesterday.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am

The boss of bossa nova

As a musical style, bossa nova has attracted followers from every continent. That said, its homeland Brazil still remains the epicentre of the sound, which can be traced to samba and jazz.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

FILM (1959)

The Human Condition Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Director: Masaki Kobayashi

If it were judged on simple terms of scale, Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi's The Human Condition remains, five decades on from its initial release, a monumental achievement.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Palace denies asking school to medicate pupils

Japan's Imperial Household Agency has reacted furiously to a report in a tabloid magazine that it asked the school attended by Princess Aiko, daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito, to add medication to school meals to calm the children down.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Tam weighs in for arrested producer

J-pop music producer Tetsuya Komuro, arrested this week in a fraud case, is 'a very caring boss', says local star Zoie Tam Hoi-kei, who had a contract with him.

8 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Also showing: Yoshihiko Matsui

The Noisy Requiem bears all the hallmarks of a classic cult film: directed by Japanese filmmaker Yoshihiko Matsui, the 150-minute production remains the most ambitious of its kind in the history of Japanese underground cinema, but was banned from being shown in film festivals in Japan and abroad when it was released in 1988 due to its controversial content.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Prosecutors failed to do their jobs, claims bereaved father

Tim Blackman accused Japanese prosecutors of failing to do their job after the man charged with raping and killing his Tokyo bar hostess daughter was acquitted.

The Briton remained controlled during a press conference in Tokyo with his other daughter, Sophie, despite a deeply dissatisfying meeting with prosecutors after the verdict.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Bad heir day

AS THE JAPANESE government attacked his biography of Crown Princess Masako - claiming inaccuracies and apparently forcing a publisher to drop the book - author Ben Hills girded himself with the knowledge that other writers had endured the same treatment for confronting wrongdoing by Tokyo.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

New princess a poser for royalists

The birth of a girl to Crown Princess Masako in Tokyo yesterday means it now seems likely the constitution will be amended to allow a woman to ascend the Chrysanthemum throne, but the change will probably not be made for some time.

With the birth, all nine children born to the imperial family since 1969 are female.

2 Dec 2001 - 12:00am


Yumi Adachi and Tonko have been chosen to star as the protagonists in Remiserable, a story adapted from a French drama which has been shown in 28 countries.

The two actresses were chosen from 80 hopefuls. Neither of them have done this kind of music drama before.

11 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Tojo film reopens past wounds

The ultra-rightist movie Pride, which glorifies Hideki Tojo, has provoked unprecedented criticism of Japan. As a Japanese totally against this movie, I would like to make clear that it does not reflect the beliefs and thoughts of the entire Japanese population.

3 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Komuro can't go wrong

When you have hit upon a winning formula, it would be stupid not to build on it and expand your horizons. And Japanese musician Tetsuya Komuro is nobody's fool.

30 May 1997 - 12:00am

TVB documentary scoops major US media award

A documentary produced by TVB has won a major media award in the United States.

The broadcaster's Fifty Years After the War was one of three international winners at the 55th annual Peabody Awards for cable and broadcasting, announced in Athens, Georgia last week.

6 Apr 1996 - 12:00am