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April 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Avril Lavigne has answered critics who've labeled her new "Hello Kitty" video as racist. It appears Ms. Lavigne begs to disagree. "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…," she tweeted Wednesday, "…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan. The tune, co-written with hubby Chad Kroger of Nickelback, is heavy on references to Japan's " kawaii " culture, which encompasses all things cute.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992
As a representative of many trail users--hikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, dog-walkers, nature-lovers--I attended the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the Soka property. It seems to most of us that Soka University chose an improper location for its expansion. The Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority has always wanted the location to be the center of its operations when the area becomes a national park. The Times used the word "seize" in an inflammatory manner--as though Soka will be ousted without remuneration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1990 | FRANKI V. RANSOM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1975, Grace Brophy did a favor for friends and gave a San Diego elementary school class a quick lesson in Japanese culture. That favor has since turned into an annual countywide event. Brophy is a member of the San Diego chapter of Ikebana International, a nonprofit cultural organization based in Tokyo that promotes the study of Japanese floral art. Its motto is "Friendship Through Flowers."
TRAVEL
August 18, 1996
Atlanta had the Olympics. Next month, what Japanese officials are calling the largest Japanese cultural festival ever planned in the United States will get under way in Texas. Sept. 4 is the kickoff date for Sun & Star 1996, a 100-day celebration of Japanese culture in Dallas and Fort Worth.
MAGAZINE
October 13, 2002 | RENEE VOGEL
I went to Japan for the first time. I went with my brother Piet and Billy Shire, who owns the Wacko store in L.A. I wanted to see the two sides of Japan that interest me. The frenetic pop culture side [is] what we did in Tokyo. Shibuya is where all the kids go to be hip and hang out. It's like Melrose Avenue but kicked up. I loved it. We went to Kyoto. That was the other side of Japanese culture, the ancient imperial state of Japan. Our host was a Japanese pop star.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The AFLAC duck is going to Japan this month with a softer quack. In commercials designed for the Japanese market, AFLAC has ditched comedian Gilbert Gottfried's abrasive quacking of the Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company's name. Instead, a Japanese actor portrays the duck with a more soothing tone. "The Japanese culture does not like to be yelled at," AFLAC spokeswoman Laura Kane said. "Gilbert might be a little over the top." Gottfried's voice will remain in U.S.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County woman contends that a clash of Japanese and American cultures caused her to lose her job at Shimano American Corp. in Irvine because of her pregnancy. In a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Dawna L. Buffington, a former Shimano supervisor, says her boss "chastised her" and informed her that "Japanese customs regarding pregnancy of female workers were different than those of Americans."
NEWS
November 16, 1994 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Not so long ago, Japan was regarded with a mixture of awe, envy and fear by Americans, and the Japanese model of corporate management became something of a cult in American business circles. We watched with despair as Japanese investors collected some of the icons of American popular and corporate culture, everything from Universal Studios to Rockefeller Center. The buying spree, argues Christopher Wood in "The End of Japan Inc.
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