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PRI's The World

Why young Japanese are joining a new wave of protests

Monday, August 04, 2014

Japan's protest movement has been mostly dormant for decades. But a move by the prime minister to change the constitution is getting people out on the streets.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Ken South Rock

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The high energy Brooklyn-Tokyo duo Ken South Rock plays at Union Pool Tuesday. Download "Explosion."

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Studio 360

The Lion

Friday, August 30, 2013

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

Slideshow: Inside the Lion

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The World's Top Five Cities for Classical Music

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As nations vie for athletic superiority at the London Olympics, the Greater London Authority has created an international measuring stick to assess a location’s cultural merit. See where New York ranks.

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WNYC News

As Travelers Trickle Into New York, A Glimpse at Life in Japan

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Travelers from Japan trickled into New York City airports this week in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and worsening conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. At JFK Airport, each arrived with a story.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Sarkozy, Naoto Kan and the Pope

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Transportation Nation

New York Tops Foreign Policy Mag's Global City List

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photo: Union Square Subway Station via Foreign Policy Magazine

New York has the most influence beyond its borders of any global city, followed by London, Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong. That's the conclusion of a panel assembled by Foreign Policy magazine, which ranked the world's top 65 cities. Chicago is sixth, Los Angeles seventh and San Francisco and Washington are numbers 12 and 13 respectively. The list aims to "measure how much sway a city has over what happens beyond it's own borders -- its influence on and integration with global markets, culture, and innovation."

Like all such lists, it's subjective, and provocative, but also instructive. And it certainly explains why New York has a keen eye on London's and Paris's transportation solutions.

Half the world's population is now urban, the accompanying article notes, saying:

"What happens in our cities, simply put, matters more than what happens anywhere else. Cities are the world's experimental laboratories and thus a metaphor for an uncertain age. They are both the cancer and the foundation of our networked world, both virus and antibody. From climate change to poverty and inequality, cities are the problem -- and the solution. Getting cities right might mean the difference between a bright future filled with HafenCitys and Songdos -- and a world that looks more like the darkest corners of Karachi and Mumbai."

What do you think of the rankings?

-- (Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)

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The Takeaway

Japan Reacts to the Congressional Hearing on Toyota

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The president of Japanese car giant Toyota will appear before Congress today as part of a probe into the company's recall of millions of vehicles over sudden acceleration problems, which have been blamed for about 30 U.S. deaths.

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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

How long would you wait for your loved one?

Monday, November 24, 2008

10 years is how long Hachiko waited for his master at Shibuya station. Every day from 1925 to 1935, the dog would go to the station and wait for the afternoon train, the train that his master used to take home from work. Only he wasn't coming because he was ...

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Studio 360

How to modernize your kimono

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last night Roland brought me along to his friend's kimono Party. Yes, you guessed it, a kimono party is a party with people dressed in kimonos. Of course it was somewhat tongue in cheek, but as most Japanese these people were dead serious about their hobby. There was ...

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Studio 360

Post-Tokyo high

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last night I visited the new highrise called Tokyo Midtown, which is the tallest building in the city and on its lower floors contains -- thanks to vast swaths of wood, elaborate lighting, and other beyond-the-call-of-duty architectural and furnishing details -- the most convincingly, tastefully luxurious shopping mall I've ...

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Studio 360

Design for the (Japanese) World: Vol. 2

Sunday, November 23, 2008

More great design solutions that I wish we could bring back with us to the US:

ITEM 1:

Say you're shopping in a department store with your toddler and you need to go to the bathroom... where do you stick the kid? TOTO, maker of the world's most amazing (and ...

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Studio 360

Name that building: revealed!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

mystery-picture

This afternoon, Leital and I were hitting up some souvenir shops when we spotted this building across the river.  We were just as surprised when we found out what company it represents.

Any guesses?

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THE ANSWER:

Indeed, it is ...

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Studio 360

New Amsterdam, New Paris

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I will probably never be an expatriate. But that doesn't mean I don't fantasize in every foreign city I visit about which neighborhood I'd live in. In Tokyo, I think it'd probably be on the Naka-meguro canal, a quiet, Amsterdamish stretch of just-hip-enough gentility only two subway stops from the ...

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Studio 360

Bad Fortune Lack

Friday, November 21, 2008

While the Japanese are known to be secular or atheist, at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples you'll often see people dropping coins in an offering box and praying (albeit briefly). Another ritual at these sites is to get a fortune, or omikuji. At the Akasuka Temple in Tokyo, you ...

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Studio 360

Tokyo Confidential

Thursday, November 20, 2008

As we walked down one of the narrow side streets of the Times Square-ish entertainment district around the Shibuya train station, past swank rock clubs and 'love hotels,' we came upon an unlit, grimy, highly decorative stone-and-stucco facade that looked to be from the first third of the 20th century -- an ...
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Studio 360

Sun(glasses) King

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I knew about otaku, the term for Japanese obsessively interested in particular cultural artifacts -- particular kinds of anime, arcade video games, 1950s L.A. jazz, whatever. But I had no idea how deep and odd the obsessions ran until today.

As I was wandering through the neighborhood of ...

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Studio 360

Street festival for drummers, breakdancers

Sunday, November 16, 2008

On the streets of Shibuya today: drum circles, drumming lessons, and breakdancing. We met a young radio reporter (Pejk spotted his DAT recorder) and he told us it's the third annual Shibuya music festival, called Shibu-on.

Some video highlights: first, breakdancing unplugged - to hand drums, pan flute and didgeridoo. ...

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Studio 360

She looks like an axelotl?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Today I joined Lisa Katayama for her interview with Erina Matsui, a 24-year-old artist who's already gotten the attention of Takashi Murakami and other art world big-wigs. Erina paints playful and surrealistic self-portraits, which she says should make people laugh. So as we walked into the Yamamoto Gendai ...

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