• Kato Yuko 
  • By this author: 4 Latest posted: 2012.12.05
Editor and columnist on politics and media affairs for the website goo NEWS. Also active as a translator. Studied international law at Tokyo’s Sophia University and earned her M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University. Has been an Asahi Shimbun reporter, a United Nations political officer, and a news editor for CNN’s Japanese website.
Why is Homosexuality Absent from Japanese Television?2012.12.05

British theatre fans were pleasantly surprised by the recent news of a new television drama series in the works. The British television channel ITV announced that Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi will play an old, gay couple in a new sitcom series. I found this news wonderful and very interesting. Ian McKellen is one of the most respected actors in the English speaking world. He is known t…
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Random Killings Are Not Acts of Evil Demons2012.08.09

On June 10, in a bustling commercial area called Shinsaibashi in the middle of downtown Osaka, a terrible knife attack occurred, with two passers-by being killed. When I was a newspaper reporter on the police beat, I used to wander around this area, also known as the Minami district, every day. The street of the crime scene is familiar to me, and I still retain a sense of the comforting quiet t…
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Furiously Becoming a Lion2012.03.29

Did the Japanese people in the Edo period (1603–1868) ever see an actual lion? The celebrated artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” fame made it a routine in his later years to draw a lion each day, but the pictures he drew don’t exactly resemble the lions that we know. A Hokusai drawing of a lion from his Nisshin joma (A Daily Charm Against Evil) series. (From…
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Kabuki Brilliance Worthy of an Apology2011.12.09

Ah, kabuki, it’s been a while. This was my thought as I sat in the Shinbashi Enbujō, the current main seat of kabuki performances in Tokyo whilst the Kabukiza is under reconstruction. It’s been a while . . . meaning, in my case, six weeks. That tells you how much I like kabuki. But you could say my love of kabuki goes only so far. In the world of kabuki fans, there are dyed-in-the-wool die-ha…
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