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Anime goes rural with P.A. Works, for The Japan Times
Anime discovers a rural outpost By ROLAND KELTS For the past few years, the beginning of July has found me on a flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles to attend Anime Expo (AX), the largest annual North American convention devoted to Japanese popular culture, and...

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On Hollywood "whitewashing," Scarlett Johansson & "Ghost in the Shell"
My interview with NPR's Eric Molinksy on Hollywood "whitewashing" and the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi in its adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell." (NB: Her mother will be Japanese, Kaori Momoi.) For Eric's podcast, "Imaginary Worlds."

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I love LA


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Frederik L. Schodt and new graphic biography, "The Osamu Tezuka Story", for The Japan Times
Drawing on the past of Osamu Tezuka By ROLAND KELTS In 1977, American author and translator Frederik L. Schodt and three friends formed a manga-translation group in Tokyo, with the then-quixotic dream of introducing Japanese comics to a global readership. S...

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Godzilla returns to Japan after 12 years
Godzilla Resurgence: Japan Reboots Its Most Iconic Monster After a twelve-year hiatus, Godzilla returns to theaters in Japan this July, and could be more relevant than ever. By Jonathan DeHart If the trailer released in April is anything to go by, Godzilla ...

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Godzilla is back -- live in Japan next month.

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Thank you, Taipei


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Why Japan didn't want an apology for Hiroshima, for KCRW's Press Play on NPR
My conversation with Madeleine Brand.

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Obama, Hiroshima and the view from Japan, for The Christian Science Monitor
For Japanese, Obama's Hiroshima visit is historic – but complicated Obama will tour Hiroshima's Peace Museum Friday, a move strongly supported by survivors of the first atomic bomb. But the trip has stirred up tough questions about how Japan treats its own ...

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Thank you, Makassar & Jakarta, Indonesia

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