Many 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 siblings in a Japanese American internment camp in California. Takei recently returned to Hiroshima for his AARP YouTube series to explore the effects of the A-bomb and technology's role in the event.
The 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.
With 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!"
Strange 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.
You 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.
The death of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was huge news last week. By this point you've read obits, appreciations and remembrances from every major news outlet. As much as you love her, you might be, as one colleague put it, "All Taylored-out." But allow us to offer one more Taylor appreciation.
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