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K-Pop stars big in Japan bridge diplomatic divide

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Thousands of K-Pop fans flocked to a major concert by top South Korean music stars in Japan this week, with organizers and fans alike calling it a “bridge” for two nations locked in a never-ending diplomatic squabble.

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Japan’s emergence as world super power on Discovery Channel

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It’s the last chance to watch SUPER JAPAN, the Discovery Channel series of documentaries that celebrate the evolution of Japan into the global powerhouse it is today.  Today, March 19, at 7:00 p.m., the last two episodes of the special will highlight the convergence of old and new in the land of the rising sun: “Sea Whisperers” takes [...]

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Mendoza heads French festival jury

VESOUL jury head Brillante Ma. Mendoza. Photo by JILSON SECKLER TIU

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza heads the main competition jury at this year’s Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set Feb. 11-18 in France.

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Yoko Ono recounts own hunger during war in Japan

Yoko Ono speaks during a campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world, in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The 80-year-old widow of John Lennon said that she believes he would be happy to see his song "Imagine" used by WhyHunger and Hard Rock to raise support for their child nutrition and sustainable farming efforts in 22 countries. AP/Koji Sasahara

Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger’s “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world.

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Christian Bautista hopes to appeal for more relief aid in music fest

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CHRISTIAN Bautista

As Philippine representative in a music festival in Japan this week, singer-actor Christian Bautista hopes to appeal for more relief aid for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

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Asia’s animators draw inspiration from Japan’s Miyazaki

Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki answers a question during his press conference in Tokyo on September 6, 2013.  Miyazaki announced his official retirement days after his production company, Studio Ghibli announced his retirement.   AFP

As Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki heads into retirement, industry watchers say the next generation of Asian filmmakers stepping out of his shadow will struggle to match the Japanese master’s box office domination.

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Michael Jackson estate sues over products in Japan

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Michael Jackson’s estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission.

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3 PH docus in Japan fest

SCENE from “Ex Press,” described by a Korean critic as “an edgy cocktail of fiction and documentary.” Photo courtesy of Jet B. Leyco

Three Filipino documentaries will compete in the New Asian Currents section of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, set on Oct. 10-17 in Japan: Jet Leyco’s “Ex Press,” Jewel Maranan’s “Tondo, Beloved: To What are the Poor Born?” and Adjani Arumpac’s “War is a Tender Thing.”

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Angel and Phil celebrate, Japanese style

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ANGEL Locsin as a samurai and Phil’s protector. Instagram photo

Phil Younghusband spent his birthday last Sunday in Japan with girlfriend, Angel Locsin. He posted their pic on his Instagram account (@philipyounghusband) with this caption: “My Love and I at the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. We are turning Japanese!”

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Suspense, animation, drama at Eiga Sai fest

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One of the best ways to acquaint oneself with another country’s culture is cinema, said Shuji Takatori, director of the Japan Foundation in Manila.

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Did you know…

“I do Bidoo Bidoo” will compete at the Far East Film Festival to be held in Udine, Italy from April 19 to 27. The movie musical, directed by Chris Martinez, is also vying for top honors at the Osaka Asian Film Festival, set in Japan next month. The Osaka website described “I Do Bidoo” as “exuberant.” “With pleasant pop tunes (of the Apo Hiking Society), the film colorfully depicts the families’ mixed feelings” over the impending marriage of teeners.

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Japan pop idol shaves head after sex scandal

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A Japanese starlet who shaved her head and issued a tearful YouTube apology after spending the night with a man was scrambling Friday to redeem the girl next door image of all-female group AKB48.

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