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776: Streep talk
775: World of difference
774: Shocks and Bonds
773: Viva La Revolución
772: Jacqui Bayne
768: Beyond the universe
767: Yasuhito Endo
766: Aroon Mahtani
765: Dr. Hidemi Akai
764: Badr Hari
763: Mizuki Kubodera
761: Patrick W. Galbraith
760: Jean-Pierre Felix
759: Philippe Grau
758: Emi Kashiwara & Elekiteru
757: Aura Virginia Chirculescu
756: Aaron Davis
755: Happy days
754: Bryan Au
753: Martin van der Linden
752: Qinggelete
751: Chuck Johnson
750: Mike Applegate (aka Magic Mike)
749: Yukie Kito
748: Steve Kaufmann
746: Samira Zarghami
745: Raising the Bar
744: Pierre-Gilles Delorme
743: David F. Hoenigman
742: Miwa Gardner
741: Kevin Cooney
740: Kyle Cleveland
739: JJ
738: Bruce Stronach
737: Yoichiro Dennis Ide
736: Mike Garrett
735: Hiroki Suehara
734: Rise and Shrine
733: Patrik Washburn
732: Michael Bumgardner
731: Patricia Bader-Johnston
730: Darin Maki
729: Hiroshi Fujimaki
728: Misha Janette
727: Jon Mitchell
725: Hokuto Konishi
724: Rita Lamah Hankach
723: Kisui Nakazawa
722: Angela Jeffs
721: Simon Wood
720: Yasuko Yokoyama
715: Jason Kelly
714: Dominica Serigano
713: Erik Gain
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711: Masahiro Gono
710: Eikou Sumura
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707: Makiko Tsuji
706: Dominic Allen
705: Maria Heitanen
704: Beckie Cassidy
703: Jett Edwards
702: Yoshinobu Furuichi
701: Silvestre Jacobi
700: Jah-Light Sound System
699: Daniel Velazques
698: Lynne Charles
697: Eric Bragg
695: Susan Nichols
694: Anna Kunnecke
693: Kenneth Pechter
692: Kazu Wakui
691: Antonio Inoki
690: Hiroko Noguchi
689: Richard Bysouth
688: Eric Bjorndahl
687: Andrew Shuttleworth
686: Sayuri Suzuki
685: Yurie Hatanaka
684: Miogi Takii
683: Thierry Cohen
682: Ahmed M. Elmardi
681: Aya Kitagawa
680: Suzanne Ng and Yoriko Soma
679: Ricco DeBlank
677: Takenari Shibata
676: Kirk R. Patterson
675: Satoko Yahata
674: Flavia Nishimura
673: Ryo Shoji
672: Chip Eckton
671: Yuko Ito
670: Marja Kullberg
669: Laur Meyrieux
668: Slavomir Stanislaw Kowalewski
667: Ryan McGuire
664: Life force
663: Steve Marshall
662: Jeff Klein
661: Ahn Soon Han
660: Straight shooter
659: Marcello Pietrantonio
658: Glitterball 2006
657: Alison Roberts-Brown
656: Girl on the go
655: Rob Hoey
654: Kahori Ochi
653: Ed Wells
652: Haruka Orth
651: Laura Cook
650: Uleshka Asher
649: Full speed ahead
648: Katsumi Namekata
647: Top talent
646: No heels, no life
645: Joanna Roper
644: Lu Nagata
643: Kirill Konin
642: Gabriele Roberto
641: Carlos Gibbs
640: Blair Falahey
639: The Three Waiters
638: Simon Woodroffe
637: Tony Virili
636: Paul W. Creager
635: Randy Channell
634: Mari Takeuchi
633: Stephanie Schueller
632: Tara Tan Kitaoka
631: Katherine Mok
630: Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi
629: Tommy Kullberg
628: Toshio Nagashima
627: Eiko Kondo
626: Embrey Ramon Williams
625: Neil Day
624: Mong-Lan
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622: Elizabeth Heilman Brooke
621: Louis Carlet
620: Theo Panagiotoulias
619: Lionel Gougne
618: Sarajean Rossitto
617: Christian Hassing
616: Kiho Takashima
614-615: David Wagner
613: Heather Stuart
612: Erica Angyal
611: Jack McLean
610: Fumine Yakumo
609: Yasutoshi Hirabayashi
608: Yoko Hijikata
607: Jim Frederick
605: Yuka Murakami
604: Chayne Ellis
603: Marco Antonio Nakata
602: Kicking Back
601: Stand by your man
600: Hero worship
599: The Candy man
598: Heart strings
597: Sweet and sour
596: Subtitle subtleties
595: The right moves
594: Mother’s day
593: The clone ranger
592: A career kicks off
591: Woman of substance
590: Final conflict
589: World Ready for ‘War’
588: Fun in the sun
587: New life for an old hero
586: Fun and games
585: Knockout punch
584: Patrick’s day
583: Marcia marches on
582: Brunch break
581: Kingdom come
580: Gentle as a beast
579: Prime time
578: Devil of a time
577: In first Gere
576: Bright spark
575: Rei of sunshine
574: A star is reborn
573: In search of geisha
572: Marshall law
571: In the Nic of time
570: Holding a grudge
569: Bourne again
568: Soap opera
567: Alexander and friends
566: Oceans apart
565: A night at the opera
564: Just joshing
563: McPain in the neck
561-562: Hanks for everything
560: Reading between the Klines
559: Risqué business
558: Sky highs
557: Korean boom
556: Queen Victoria
555: Glitter Ball
554: Peter Miller
553: Ralph Frehner
552: Dimension K
551: Tokyo Game Show
550: US Embassy
549: I, Robot Premiere
548: Mauve
547: Xterra Japan
546: Earth Celebration
545: Idée R-bar
544: Laforet Museum
543: Hara Museum
542: Fuji Rock Festival’04
541: Bunkamura Museum of Art


Peter Miller

Bringing Major League baseball games to Japan takes a lot of organization and planning, as Peter Miller would tell you. Miller is the Japan and East Asia representative of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and he assists in organizing international baseball events such as this weekend's Aeon Major League Baseball All-Star Series at Tokyo Dome, as well as negotiating fees, schedules, and other contractual conditions, and keeping good relations among the many organizations whose cooperation is necessary for these events to take place. Miller, who is based in Kamakura, has lived in Japan for 23 years, but there is more to his life than baseball.

What's so good about being based in Kamakura?
Fresh air, hiking trails, the ocean, and it's only an hour from Tokyo, so meetings here or there are convenient.

What brought you to Japan?
I came to Japan as a consultant for Honda.

And the MLPBA?
The MLBPA needed its own presence in Japan, to look after players' interests, so in 1990, the current MLBPA Executive Director, Don Fehr, asked me to help and of course I agreed.

Did you play baseball when you were younger?
Enough to acquire a great respect for anyone who can hit or throw a 140km/hour fastball.

Will we see more international baseball events in Japan?
That depends on the fans, the players, owners and sponsors. Japanese players have strengthened and diversified Major League baseball, creating a great deal of interest in MLB among fans here in Japan.

What do you think of Japanese baseball as a business?
Traditionally it has been more of an advertising ornament than an independent business. Perhaps the economic difficulties of Kintetsu and Orix will stimulate thought about how such enterprises can operate successfully on their own.

What else do you do besides your MLPBA work?
I teach a course in American Culture at Ferris University in Yokohama and I have a photogravure etching workshop, known as The Kamakura Print Collection. It's the only one of its kind in Japan specializing in this nearly lost 19th-century art form. SK

Photo credit: Sachie Kanda




star struck

Night visions

In Collateral, director Michael Mann returns to his favorite location-the urban jungle

By Chris Betros

Whenever Michael Mann goes to Los Angeles to make a movie, the municipal authorities know he's going to ask big favors. When he made Heat in 1995, they closed off a few blocks for him in downtown LA for a famous bank shootout scene. This time, he wanted to close down some blocks and part of the rail system for night scenes in his urban drama Collateral. "It's difficult, but we get it done," said the director, who is known for painstakingly shooting scenes over and over again. "In Chicago, where I'm from, they let you do anything. In LA, the hardest thing to get permission for is to film on freeways."

Taking place in the course of one night, Collateral tells the story of a contract killer (Tom Cruise) who forces a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx) to drive him around town while he carries out a series of hits. Mann used specially developed high-resolution digital video cameras to bring the night alive during ten hours of shootouts, high-speed car chases and other mayhem. "Night in the big city has a lot of emotion and poetry if you know how to see it," he said.

Mann's biggest challenge occurred before filming even began-convincing Cruise to make a major career shift by playing a villain for the first time. "We spoke about it on the phone. Tom was doubtful about whether he should play a villain," said Mann. "I told him that Al Pacino, De Niro, McQueen had all done it and it was his turn now. He's 42, so if he didn't do it now, when would he? The good thing about Tom is that he is artistically very ambitious, as am I. So we created a whole life for his character of Vincent to show how he might have ended up the way he did. In the end, I think Tom's work was extraordinary. He does things fearlessly without any self-consciousness."

Living up to his meticulous reputation, Mann put his actors through their paces time and time again. Cruise used up 15 suits and several taxis were wrecked. "I take what I do very seriously, but that doesn't mean I'm no fun," said Mann, who got his start writing scripts for '70s TV shows such as Starsky & Hutch and Vegas. After directing a TV movie in 1979, he helmed his first big-screen feature, Thief, in 1981, then spent 1984-90 as executive producer of the TV series Miami Vice. In the '90s, Mann churned out a series of hits such as The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, The Insider and Ali. "I'm not sure what's next," he said, "except that it has to be something I have never done before."

Photo credit: Chris Betros



The Scene

Tokyo Designers Block

International creators and innovators paint the town red during the annual design extravaganza

Clockwise from top left: the bad boys of designersblockUK; TDB founder Teruo Kurosaki with designers Silas Hickey and Marc Newson; a performance by butoh troupe Dairakudakan; Jerszy Seymour, Michael Young and Harry Allen; and the Havaianas Swell installation at Spiral

Photos courtesy of Tokyo Designers Block

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