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Super Mario 3D Land leads 3DS to big sales in Japan

Things have been a little dark for Nintendo lately, with an unprofitable year along with a goofy, poorly-introduced peripheral, but now that the first of its big holiday releases is hitting stores things are starting to look better for them… in Japan at least. Last week the 3DS and Super Mario 3D Land both took […]

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Visit Japan to Promote “Moneyball”

Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie held hands and posed on the red carpet Wednesday in Japan to promote Brad’s lates baseball movie, “Moneyball.”Jolie, who wore a classic low-cut red dress and nude heels, upstaged her beau at his movie premiere.The couple along with their six children in tow, arrived, Tuesday, at Tokyo’s […]

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More of the cast revealed for upcoming “Shokuzai” mini-series – Aoi Yu, Koike Eiko, Ando Sakura, Ikewaki Chizuru

The upcoming drama mini-series “Shokuzai,” starring Koizumi Kyoko, had more of its cast revealed today. Actresses Aoi Yu, Koike Eiko, Ando Sakura, and Ikewaki Chizuru have been officially added to the show. “Shokuzai” is based on a novel by “Kokuhaku” author Minato Kanae. The story revolves around a mother seeking revenge for the murder of […]

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Can This Idol Save J-Pop

A recurring theme in the Strange Boutique column has been the question of what has gone wrong with pop music in Japan. Amid discussions of the pernicious influence of advertising agencies, record industry conservatism in the face of declining sales, and the faceless, self-replicating Eurobeat monstrosity from out of Akihabara, there was one fundamental thing […]

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“Gaiji Keisatsu” to be movie in 2012

NHK’s 2009 action/suspense drama series “Gaiji Keisatsu” is returning with a theatrical film, to be released next year. Watabe Atsuro (43) reprises the starring role. The supporting cast also includes Korean actor Kim Kang-woo in his first Japanese movie. The “Gaiji Keisatsu” drama series revolved around a secret police division tasked with combating international terrorism […]

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Cheating Boyfriends? In Japan There’s an App for That.

They don’t just sneak around, they sleep around. And if they’re already in a relationship, they’re called cheaters. In Japan, tech has helped them get away scott free for years. That’s changed. With new smartphones and GPS tracking, it’s now possible to find phones—and presumably their owners. But what about privacy? And the law? Ha! […]