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    Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime






    With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.




  • The Nikkei Buys The Financial Times. The Financial Times Sells Out To The Nikkei. Two stories and the same story.

    Nikkei buys the Financial Times: Have The Lunatics Taken Over the Asylum?






    “The Financial Times broke the story on the massive Olympus Accounting Fraud while Nikkei ignored it and was a mouthpiece for Olympus for the first week. Why should we believe you’ll protect the FT tradition of investigative journalism in Japan?”




  • Koichi Nakano

    With “The War Bill” Looming, Japan’s Press & Academia Rebel Against Team Abe






    Professors Koichi Nakano, Mari Osawa and Manabu Sato visited the FCCJ on Friday to once again explain why more than 95% of political scholars are against this new bill that would increase Japan’s military capabilities.




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    The 70 Year Fallout: A Lament for Hiroshima and Nagasaki






    Editor’s note: This year it will be 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. What is not widely known is that Japan was working on building its own atomic bomb, and if they had been faster, many believe that Imperial Japan would have used it. It does not lesson the horror of what was done […]




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    Your red dress is waiting. love and leukemia and coming home






    Michiel “Mimi” Brandt passed away on July 9th 2012, from complications of her third bone marrow transplant. She was thirty years old. She was one of the founders of this blog and my BFF (Best Friend Forever). If you’ve read Tokyo Vice, you’ll find the following acknowledgement: “Michiel Brandt, the most cheerful researcher and two time leukemia survivor in the world. She’s inspirational”.

    I’ll have to correct that.

    “She was the most cheerful researcher and four-time leukemia survivor in the world. She was inspirational and the best friend I have ever had.”




Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 12.32.59 PM

Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime






With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.




The Nikkei Buys The Financial Times. The Financial Times Sells Out To The Nikkei. Two stories and the same story.

Nikkei buys the Financial Times: Have The Lunatics Taken Over the Asylum?






“The Financial Times broke the story on the massive Olympus Accounting Fraud while Nikkei ignored it and was a mouthpiece for Olympus for the first week. Why should we believe you’ll protect the FT tradition of investigative journalism in Japan?”




Koichi Nakano

With “The War Bill” Looming, Japan’s Press & Academia Rebel Against Team Abe






Professors Koichi Nakano, Mari Osawa and Manabu Sato visited the FCCJ on Friday to once again explain why more than 95% of political scholars are against this new bill that would increase Japan’s military capabilities.