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Jun 18
Join three adventurers as they cycle the entire length of Japan one month after the 2011 earthquake. (Andrew Marston)
Jun 11
Japanese film director Isao Takahata has won an honorary award at one of the largest international animated film festivals. (NHK)
Jun 07
If you're hungry enough, even a handful of breadcrumbs will seem like a sumptuous feast. Such was the case in April when the producers of the hotly anticipated anime Sailor Moon Crystal finally released a modest amount of character artwork for the series, years after the series was announced. (rocketnews24.com)
May 31
Tokyo Revealead, Travel Channel Documentary Year 2002 (Samyaza Shemyazaz)
May 28
The US animated film "Frozen" has become the first movie in 12 years to break the 20-billion yen, or about 200-million dollar, mark at theaters in Japan. (NHK)
May 28
Japan's great monuments, pagodas and temples are the physical evidence of people steeped in the ways of Buddhism - a stark and fascinating contrast with the famous Samurai warriors and their noble Code of Bushido. (Ancient Empires)
May 21
Japanese director Naomi Kawase unveiled her Cannes contender "Still the Water", a lyrical look at love, death and sex that she has called her "masterpiece" worthy of the coveted Palme d'Or. (channelnewsasia.com)
May 07
While the global population keeps growing, Japan is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are having fewer babies. (Doc Film)
May 05
NHK will start airing the hugely popular popular British drama "Downton Abbey" on Sunday nights beginning May 11. The drama will be aired on Channel 1 from 11 p.m. (Japan Today)
Apr 25
Movie fans in Japan often complain that films open here too long after their release in the United States. Not so with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" - which opens Friday in Japan, one week ahead of its U.S. release. Sony Pictures, which is distributing the film, spared no expense, bringing stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, along with director Marc Webb and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad to Japan to get the ball rolling. (Japan Today)
Apr 23
While camera and monitors have certainly gotten better over the years, the resolution of real life hasn't gone through any upgrades, and the physical world has always been as sharp and vibrant as what we see today. As proof, take a look of these amazing HD videos of Tokyo taken over two decades ago. (rocketnews24.com)
Apr 22
The US animated feature film "Frozen" has taken more than 100 million dollars at the box office in Japan. It's the first foreign movie to reach that mark in 4 years. (NHK)
Apr 07
"NHK Tokushu Tezuka Osamu: Sosaku no Himitsu", shot in 1985. (M dot Strange)
Mar 29
'Super Japan: On-time Metro', gives an inside look on how trains are run in Tokyo. The video by Discovery Channel Asia is available on YouTube. (insing.com)
Mar 14
Being a soldier in Japan after World War Two was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youth from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan's post-war pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige - helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and cartoons. (Reuters)
Mar 07
When is a remake not a remake? Arguably, Takashi Shimizu's "Majo no Takkyubin (Kiki's Delivery Service)" is less a reworking of the Hayao Miyazaki animation classic (which this reviewer praised on this page in 1989) than his own interpretation of the 1985 Eiko Kadono fantasy novel on which the Miyazaki film is also based. (Encouraged by the novel's success, Kadono later wrote five more in a series.) (Japan Times)
Feb 16
Japanese actress Haru Kuroki won the Silver Bear for best actress at the 64th Berlin International Festival on Saturday for her part in director Yoji Yamada's "The Little House." (Kyodo)
Feb 03
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises) won the Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Jan 30
A Japanese drama about children living in an orphanage that has been attacked for stereotyping will be broadcast as intended, a TV station said Wednesday, despite being abandoned by all of its sponsors. (Global Post)
Jan 15
As tensions with China and South Korea rise, there is new attention on nationalism and right-wing activism in Japan. But what does a Japanese right-winger look like? How does he behave? What does he believe in? A short new documentary gives clues. (Wall Street Journal)
Jan 14
"Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises), the animated movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, has missed out on the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (The Japan News)
Jan 10
This documentary as well as all of the rest of these documentaries shown here are about important times and figures in history, historic places and people, archaeology, science, conspiracy theories, and education. (Documentary Spill)
Dec 29
With Tokyo recently being announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics we look back the last time the Games graced the Japanese capital in the first part of our new series of Olympic History. (Olympics)
Dec 18
During World War II, Imperial Japan's massive I-400 submarine was shrouded in the highest levels of secrecy. (stripes.com)
Dec 17
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda was the big winner at the Asia Pacific Film Festival awards in Macau over the weekend, taking the key categories of Best Picture and Best Director with his film Like Father, Like Son. (hollywoodreporter.com)
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