Terrorism works because of fear and intimidation. One of their greatest enemies is sarcasm and ridicule. The Islamic State is holding two Japanese citizens for ransom and is most likely to execute them at 2:50 pm today (Friday) Japan time. Japan has no standing army and very little means of retaliating other than expressing “strong […]
Japanese rap has a bad rap. It doesn’t rhyme, not really, it’s almost impossible to follow if you don’t understand Japanese, and most of it is crap. Most of the “gangster rappers” in Japan are about as tough as Vanilla Ice and about as talented. The bravado is show, the source material puerile and the […]
Former Asahi journalist defends his reporting on comfort women; sues Japanese publisher for defamation & resulting threats
A former journalist who used to report at the nation desk (社会部）of the Asahi newspaper about comfort women, or women forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military during WWII, filed charges for defamation of character on Friday at the Tokyo District Court against a Japanese publisher and a Tokyo Christian University Professor, who labeled […]
Igari-san wasn’t an investigative journalist and he wasn’t a saint. But he fought for justice and for truth, and as an investigative journalist, I’ve always believed that’s what our job entailed. Forgive me if that sounds naive. I believe that, if no one stands up to the anti-social forces in the world, then we all lose.
Ten months after Mt Gox’s fiasco, bitcoin businesses launch one after the other in Japan, one of the rare countries where bitcoin is easily regulated. Concerns rise over the ability of a bitcoin exchanges to exclude organized crime in a country where politicians, yakuza and businesses traditionally work together. Kraken has stepped in to help solve some of the mystery
Morikazu Tanaka, an ex-prosecutor turned mouthpiece for the mob (yakuza) and other shady characters, passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Tanaka personified the image of former prosecutors in japan as being shady lawyers who would work for the highest bidder, often the criminals and/or criminal organization they once tried to put in jail. […]
This was originally posted on March 10th 2011. (Wow, who would have guessed what would happen a day later.) It has been reposted to commemorate the passing of yakuza movie icon, Ken Takakura, on November 10th 2014. Today, March 9th, began the first day of the Globus Film Series, Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of […]
Some parting words from Yakuza movie icon Takakura Ken on yakuza films, his favourite movies, and acting
But I think that the reason the general public identified with the roles I played, was that they were struck by my stance as a man who unrelentingly stands up to absurd injustices. It wasn’t just that I was just going off to a sword fight, but that my character was willing to sacrifice himself in order to protect the people important to him. JSRC: Mr. Takakura, you have been called the Clint Eastwood of Japan, what do you think of that?
Ken Takakura: It’s what someone else thinks, so I have no thoughts on the matter.
How could it be that the people closest to the waste dumps weren’t getting more exposure to the deadly dioxin? The figures seemed very low any way I looked at it.
Eriko Yamatani is a liar–and Shukan Bunshun has the audio to prove it.