George Takei’s Take on Hiroshima, From Devastation to Rebirth

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

TechnologyMany people know George Takei as Mr. Sulu from TV’s popular Star Trek and most recently as a social media guru and host of the AARP-produced YouTube series “Takei’s Take.” But the Los Angeles native also has ties to Japan, where he lost an aunt and a cousin after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, wiping out the port city on Aug. 6, 1945. Eight years old at the time, Takei was incarcerated with his parents and …

Welcome to America’s Longevity Capital

Posted on 06/11/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe longevity capital of the world, as you may recently have read in the AARP Bulletin, is the Nagano region of Japan, where women can expect to live an average of 87.2 years and men an average of 80.9 years. Experts chalk it up to a healthy diet, regular physical activity, extended work years and aggressive government intervention. Nagano’s counterpart in the United States? It’s Montgomery County, Md., a fast-growing bedroom community just outside of the nation’s capital. Statistics compiled …

What ‘Godzilla’ Is Really Trying to Say

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWith the new 3-D version starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Godzilla is bigger, badder and louder than ever. From a technical standpoint, there’s no sense in even comparing director Gareth Edwards’ computer-generated monster of today with the Japanese original of 60 years ago —  a lumbering creature that practically screams, “I’m a man in a rubber dragon suit!” Still, like others who have tried to resurrect the monster, Edwards and his writers make a common error:  They mistake the monster …

The Man Who Gave Us Donkey Kong and the Mario Bros.

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyStrange as it may seem, there was a time, back in the years just after World War II, when present-day video game giant Nintendo was a small family-owned company whose main product was a card game called hanafuda, a favorite pastime of Japanese gangsters. Hiroshi Yamauchi, who died in Japan on Sept. 19 at age 85, changed all that. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Nintendo scion redirected the company into the then-nascent world of electronic entertainment. He …

10 Surprising Things About (Ambassador?) Caroline Kennedy

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayYou probably know that President Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan. But here are 10 things you may not know about the 55-year-old scion of America’s best-known political dynasty: She’s named after her aunt, Caroline Lee Bouvier, a.k.a. Lee Radziwill. Ethnically, she is three-fourths Irish and one-fourth French. While her father was president, her Secret Service code name was Lyric. At the White House, …

The Takeaway: Japan’s Seniors; AIDS at 30

Posted on 06/1/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayJapanese Seniors Volunteer to Work in Nuclear Zone Damaged by Earthquake: “They look like the planning committee for a neighborhood senior breakfast, not the leaders of a 250-member team attempting to defuse one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in history.”