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Sayoko Yamaguchi 1950-2007

Kjeld Duits, Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Posted: 09:52 AM JST

Japanese supermodel Sayoko Yamaguchi died from acute pneumonia on August 14 it was announced yesterday. In the 1970s, at a time when light skinned occidentals ruled the runway, Yamaguchi used her very Asian looks to conquer the fashion world's top catwalks.


Blow Off Some Steam

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, August 16, 2007 Posted: 10:02 AM JST

Just found this hilarious video clip from the Onion. For someone who seems to spend more than half of his waking life on the internet, this is just great fun. It has nothing to do with Japan, but hey, having a good laugh once in a while is important, too! Enjoy.

Leisure Market Falls to Lowest Point in 16 Years

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Posted: 08:57 PM JST

For the first time since 1990 the market size of the leisure-related industry has fallen below the 80 trillion yen mark. Last year it fell fell by 1.6 percent to 78.921 trillion yen according to the Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development


Three AP Photographers Talk about Their Work

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Posted: 05:46 PM JST

In this BBC audio slideshow, three AP photographers talk about their views on the dangers of carrying cameras into conflict and the future of traditional still photography:

1. Horst Faas, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner famous for his work during the Vietnam War
2. Santiago Lyon, AP's current global director of photography
3. Oded Balilty, an Israeli who won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography

Keywords: opinion_item

Paying Through the Nose For Male Companionship

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Posted: 07:50 AM JST

The Great Happiness Space

New York based Jake Clennell has created a great documentary about host clubs in Osaka (click on the link to watch the trailer at Dailymotion.com).


Interviews with Americans about Japan in 1967

Kjeld Duits, Monday, August 6, 2007 Posted: 04:40 PM JST

Some very interesting 1967 interviews with Americans about Japan.

Keywords: opinion_item

"It is 'dark' in Japan"

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Posted: 11:12 PM JST

Long before Sunday's election results showed Abe's utter defeat and the opposition's gain of a historical majority in Japan's Upper House I started casually interviewing dozens of people about the elections.


Japan's "Other Voice" Dead

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Posted: 10:41 PM JST

Japanese writer Makoto Oda, who has been called "the other voice of Japan", died Monday. He was 75. Oda was one of the cofounders of Beheiren (Citizens' League for Peace in Vietnam), an organization that actively demonstrated against the War in Vietnam. It helped 20 US soldiers who were conscientious objectors to flee to countries like Sweden. Oda, who lived in Nishinomiya, experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and immediately started to assist survivors. Especially the elderly who didn't get the support they needed. He was also an active member of the Article 9 Association, set up to protect the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan's constitution.


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