• 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…

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…

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…

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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