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Studio 360 in Japan

Friday, January 08, 2010

Studio 360 is big in Japan. Kurt Andersen hits the streets of Tokyo in search of cutting-edge art and design. Female art stars take on the schoolgirl stereotype; young rebels scream against an economic system that failed them. And Kurt goes undercover at the epicenter of all things nerdy to get a taste of otaku culture.

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Suicide Forest

Friday, January 08, 2010

Aokigahara is the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. It’s mythologized in Japanese literature as a sacred place for people to end their lives - and every year close to a hundred suicides are committed there. Studio 360’s Pejk Malinovski went there to uncover why it ...

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No Time For Tea

Friday, January 08, 2010

The tea ceremony is a 400-year-old ritual for serving green tea. But in Japan's techno-centric society (increasingly fueled by coffee) can the tea ceremony survive? Studio 360’s Jenny Lawton talked with tea masters, old and young.

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Pico Iyer: Outside Man

Friday, January 08, 2010

Travel writer Pico Iyer has lived in Japan for 20 years. And while he knows the locals still see him as an outsider, he told Kurt that this status helps him pay attention to his surroundings.

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The Lion

Friday, January 08, 2010

Kurt stumbles into a temple for classical music fans, with scratchy records played at the altar.

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This Is Their Youth

Friday, January 08, 2010

Young adults in Japan are unemployed, disenchanted, and depressed. Roland Kelts talks to poet Misumi Mizuki, novelist Ryu Murakami, and other artists to understand why. And he finds that Japan’s troubled youth might be changing the country for the better.

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Nerd's Paradise

Friday, January 08, 2010

Roland Kelts, an expert in Japanese pop culture, takes Kurt to Akihabara, a retail paradise for otaku - obsessive fans of manga and other Japanese culture. But a recent tragedy casts a shadow over the fun and games.

Kurt Geeks Out in Akihabara:

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Schoolgirls Grow Up

Friday, January 08, 2010

The Japanese schoolgirl image was made famous by comic books and cartoons. But not everyone thinks they’re so kawaii (cute). What do Japanese women make of this archetype? Lisa Katayama met three young art stars whose work reclaims and re-invents female pop imagery, in some

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Sticker Me Beautiful

Friday, January 08, 2010

Kurt lands in Tokyo's Shibuya - glitzy and bustling, it makes Times Square look quaint, and it’s the epicenter of teen culture. Kurt meets up with blogger Lisa Katayama, who takes Kurt to a girl haven: the sticker picture booth. Striking poses against glittery pink and purple backdrops ...

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Lessons in Enjoying Tea

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Instead of drinking my daily 8 cups of water, I've kept myself hydrated (and warm) this winter with tea. I once thought making tea was as simple as boiling water. Oh, how wrong was I. Everything I now know about tea I learned on Malian Dao, a mile-long street in Beijing exclusively devoted to the wholesale of tea. When my legs were tired, I picked a random store and asked the sales clerk to pin cha or tea taste. What I thought would be a 20-minute errand turned into a three-hour lesson in how to enjoy a cup of tea.

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Cuter Than a Surprised Kitten

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In this month’s Vanity Fair, contributing editor Jim Windolf tries to analyze the wave of cute overtaking our culture.  From Hello Kitty to the laughing baby (you know which baby) (yes you do) (you don’t?  Really?), Windolf leaves no fuzzy, big-eyed stone unturned.  And he thinks it’s getting worse.  Why now?

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The Takeaway

Secrecy and Intrigue in Japan's Royal Family

Friday, November 13, 2009

During his current trip to Asia, President Obama will meet with a variety of leaders and diplomats. He will also meet  two members of Japan's royal family: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The fiercely private royal family has long been surrounded by secrecy and rumors. We talk to John Burnham Schwartz, best-selling novelist and screenwriter. He is author of "The Commoner," which is a novel loosely based on the lives of some members of the Japanese royal family.

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Challenges for President Obama on Asia Trip

Thursday, November 12, 2009

President Obama takes off for an eight-day trip to Asia tonight. He’ll visit Seoul, Singapore and spend three days in China, where the agenda will include some of the biggest global challenges of the day: global warming, the economy and nuclear proliferation. But his first destination is Tokyo, where he’ll meet with new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who has recently called for a more “equal” relationship with the United States. We speak to Kenneth Lieberthal, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution; along with Martin Fackler, Tokyo bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times.

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Japan's Opposition Wins, Ending LDP's 54-Year Rule

Monday, August 31, 2009

A half century of single-party leadership came to an end in Japan over the weekend. The opposition Democratic Party won a resounding victory over the more conservative (and counterintuitively-named) Liberal Democratic Party. The LDP has dominated the Japanese parliament for nearly 54 years.

For more context, we're here with Bill Emmott. He's the former editor of the Economist and author of "Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade."

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The Week Ahead with Marcus Mabry and Rob Watson

Monday, August 31, 2009

For this week's agenda segment, we look ahead to President Obama returning to Washington and the developing plans for heath care reform, current economic numbers, and the elections in Japan. Joining us are Marcus Mabry, international business editor for our partner The New York Times, and Rob Watson, defense correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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China's Role in North Korea's High-Stakes Game

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

North Korea continues to raise the stakes in its game of nuclear poker, conducting a second nuclear test in as many days on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a South Korean newspaper has reported that U.S. spy satellites have detected signs that North Korea has started up its nuclear plant again. The international community has condemned Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. But the only country with real clout over North Korea is China: the nation is North Korea’s neighbor and main trading partner. To find out China's take on the North Korea situation, The Takeaway talks to John Pomfret, author of Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. He writes the blog Pomfret’s China on the Newsweek/Washington Post website.

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Korea and Japan face off in the 2009 WBC Finals

Monday, March 23, 2009

A baseball tournament with so few games is vulnerable to upsets that leave behind the best teams, but not in this World Baseball Classic: Korea and Japan will play tonight for the championship after clearly establishing themselves as the best teams in the tournament.

Korea’s got it all: pitching, defense, speed and power, and they’re playing at the top of their game. They whacked a stacked Venezuelan team 10-2 on Saturday to get to the final. It’s inconceivable to me that some sad-sack organization like the Pirates or the Royals doesn’t turn over $50 million to the Korean Baseball Organization and buy themselves an all-Korean, instant contender.

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Internet cafes aren't that comfortable: A firsthand look at Japan's recession

Friday, March 20, 2009

America is hurting. We hear about it and report on it every day. But so is the world’s second largest economy, Japan. Matt Frei became the BBC’s Asia correspondent just as Japan's economy sank in the 1990s and found himself covering economic collapse across the region. He now hosts BBC World News America and is re-visiting Japan and its economy. He joins The Takeaway this morning from Tokyo.

For a look at an internet cafe that several unemployed Japanese people call home, watch the video below.

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Japanese Prime Minister becomes first official visitor to the Obama White House

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yesterday, President Obama welcomed Japanese prime minister Taro Aso to the White House. This meeting came hot on the heels of Secretary of State Clinton making Japan the first stop on her first official trip overseas. While Japan has been a close ally of the United States for decades, why is the Obama administration stressing the relationship now? Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist and chronicler of post-war Japan, joins us to help answer that question.

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See Kurt Become a Beautiful Girl

Monday, February 09, 2009

Blogger Lisa Katayama took Kurt to Tokyo's girl haven: the sticker picture booth.

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