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A regular up-date featuring articles written for publications

all over the world by FCCJ Correspondents

U.S. Actor to Star in NHK Drama

In the Guardian, Justin McCurry says that Charlotte Kate Fox will play "mother of Japanese whisky"

In six months' time, Charlotte Kate Fox will be a household name in Japan. In Scotland, whisky drinkers may well raise a glass in her honor. The 28-year-old American actor has beaten more than 500 other hopefuls to secure the role of Rita Cowan -- a Scottish Woman regarded as the mother of Japanese whisky - in the national braodcaster NHK's hugely popular morning drama slot later this year. Tens of millions of viewers will follow Fox in her role as Rita.  Read the article

Philip Brasor writes in the Japan Times about an earnest bureaucrat who is out to enforce employment regulations. It's the plot of the new TV series "Dandarin."

Japanese workers have a reputation for diligence but, as with all cultural generalizations, the reality is more complicated. Ever wonder why public service is the most coveted line of work for new university graduates? Is it because they actually want to serve the public, or because the pay is relatively high and the job guaranteed for life?        Read the article


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