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For Kyoto Animation, Arson Victims and Their Families Always Come First
July 17, 2020

For Kyoto Animation, Arson Victims and Their Families Always Come First

By Thisanka Siripala
One year after the arson attack, the anime studio is determined to find its feet again, while coming to terms with the loss of beloved team members.

Yoshifumi Kondo, Studio Ghibli’s Forgotten Master
May 15, 2020

Yoshifumi Kondo, Studio Ghibli’s Forgotten Master

By Kiran Mohandas Menon
25 years after its release, Kondo’s solitary contribution to the revered Studio Ghibli canon remains much beloved.
Isao Takahata: A Life of Changing the Perceptions and Possibilities of Animation
April 12, 2018

Isao Takahata: A Life of Changing the Perceptions and Possibilities of Animation

By Kiran Mohandas Menon
Isao Takahata died last week at 82. He created some of the most influential and poignant films in the history of Japanese animation.

Tokyo 2020 and Japan’s Soft Power
August 31, 2016

Tokyo 2020 and Japan’s Soft Power

By Yukari Easton
Japan's cultural appeal is at its best when the government takes a hands off approach.

Will Pokémon Go Power Up Japan’s ‘Cool Economy’?
July 29, 2016

Will Pokémon Go Power Up Japan’s ‘Cool Economy’?

By Henry Laurence
The game's phenomenal success is good for Nintendo, but it doesn't mean much for Japan's creative industry at large.

After 3 Year Ban, Japanese Film Tops China's Box Office
June 03, 2015

After 3 Year Ban, Japanese Film Tops China's Box Office

By Shannon Tiezzi
The latest Doraemon film is setting records in China.

Takashi Yanase, Creator of Iconic Anpanman Character, Dies at 94
October 16, 2013

Takashi Yanase, Creator of Iconic Anpanman Character, Dies at 94

Cartoonist’s bread-inspired hero is ubiquitous in Japan, beloved by children.

April 25, 2011

Japan’s Robot Love Hurts

Why wasn’t robot-loving Japan able to dispatch any useful specimens in the crucial weeks following the earthquake?

No. 4: Spirited Away
March 23, 2010

No. 4: Spirited Away

The award-winning film by famed Japanese director is fourth most influential on our list.

Pop Culture Politics
March 11, 2010

Pop Culture Politics

Japan’s anime can help us understand its politics, says MIT prof and author.

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