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Book Review: ‘The Tokyo Karaoke Murder’ by Fran Pickering

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Japanphiles and crime lovers alike will love this introduction to the Josie Clark in Japan series. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Hunting Gun,’ ‘Bullfight,’ and ‘Life of a Counterfeiter’ by Yasushi Inoue

Yaushi Inoue

Inoue's early works cast a light upon a period of Japanese history, the post-World War Two period, that is little known to most English-speaking readers. They also reveal why he is as venerated as he is. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Cherry Blossom Murder’ by Fran Pickering

The Cherry Blossom Murder - Fran Pickering

The first in a series of "Josie Clark in Japan" mysteries proves a promising debut. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Doodu Boy’ by Stefhen Bryan

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Author Stefhen Bryan's performance piece chronicling his triumphs over childhood abuse and sexual addiction comes off more opportunistic than inspirational. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Basil Twist’s ‘Dogugaeshi’

Dogugaeshi, pictured Yumiko Tanaka (c) Richard Termine, courtesy of Tandem Otter Productions

Most shows have backdrops. But what happens when the backdrops are the show? Read More »

Book Review: ‘How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders,’ edited by Bill Fawcett

Book Review How to Lose a War at Sea Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders edited by Bill Fawcett

Errors spanning the centuries: from the days of the Spanish Armada to naval blunders from the 1960s. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Virus: The Day of Resurrection’ by Sakyo Komatsu

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Virus would have made a good low budget science fiction movie. At 300 pages of dull prose, it’s a terribly hard slog of a cautionary tale. Read More »

World Baseball Classic 2013: Proof We Need a Real World Series

The WBC certainly is proof that a true “world” series is something that must eventually happen. Read More »

Capital Punishment: a Democratic and Humanitarian Viewpoint

India has to speed up its judicial and governmental procedures to wrap up decisions in atrocious crimes. Read More »

Movie Review: Emperor (2013) – The War After the War

Secrets, shame and subtrafuge blend into a film noir mystery Read More »