People who get candid shots for whatever they do, wherever they may be, are usually celebrities like actors, athletes, and musicians. So having a Japanese cabinet minister captured while simply enjoying his snack yet stirring up Twitter users with excitement is really something. The man who has done so is none other than Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
This year's 12th MTV Video Music Awards Japan will be featuring a new star, and it's not the newest J-pop act this time. Viewers' social media experience while watching the awards show will be enhanced by Twitter Mirror, which will give those at home, or those on the popular social network, an exclusive peek at the goings on backstage.
With the box-office success of superhero movies like Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, expectations are equally high for the latest film in the X-Men series, The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman. While the adamantium-filled mutant is the main focus of the movie, Japan can be considered a "supporting character" here, with most of the action set in both the country's 1940s and present.
If you had to read the headline again, trust us, the story is really that confusing. The news item is about the Tokyo District Court ordering a Japanese celebrity couple to pay 3.85 million yen (around 37,500 US dollars) to their condominium's management as compensation for lost income. Takashi Sorimachi – actor and singer, famous for the live-action drama adaptation of the manga series Great Teacher Onizuka – and Nanako Matsushima, globally famous for her role in horror flick The Ring – were ordered by the court to pay the building administrators after their dog bit one of the residents.
Popular stage performer Yuki Amami was rushed to the hospital after a performance at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on Monday and doctors said she suffered from a myocardial infarction, or a mild heart attack. The 45 year old actress was admitted to the hospital and will have to take a 7-10 day bed rest.
After losing Hollywood heavyweights like Oscar award-winner Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro to other projects, Martin Scorsese has finally found someone to play the Jesuit priest going "undercover" in Japan in his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence. Andrew Garfield, the star of the rebooted Spiderman series, will act alongside Ken Watanabe, who will play his translator.
Aerosmith were scheduled to perform in Japan two years ago, just after the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the country in 2011. But instead of cancelling the tour, the band decided that the best way to help the people of Japan was through their music. This is the subject of the documentary “Aerosmith, Rock for the Rising Sun" by filmmaker Casey Patrick Tebo.
It seems like J-pop netizens aren't all that forgiving when it comes to sex scandals and shaving heads after all. AKB48 member Minami Minegishi, who figured in a controversial "walk of shame" incident last January appears on the cover of women’s magazine Fujin Koron and gives an honest interview. But netizens aren't having any of it and blasted her for doing so.
Distinguished Japanese actor Rentaro Mikuni passed away last weekend at the age of 90. Hospitalized in Tokyo since February 2012, he succumbed to his worsening condition and died of acute heart failure on the morning the April 14th. Having acted in over 150 films during his lifetime, Mikuni, whose real name was Masao Sato, still dreamed of appearing in new movies before dying.