Los Angeles Times

Julie Makinen

Writer

Julie Makinen is a reporter in the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau. She previously served as film editor for the Calendar section. In her more than 10 years at The Times as a reporter and editor for the Foreign, Business and entertainment sections, she's seen a lot, from war zones to red carpets. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she studied at Cornell, Stanford and UCLA. 

Recent Articles

  • In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

    In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

    President Obama came face to face with the horror of nuclear war Friday in a somber visit to Hiroshima, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to tour the site of the atomic bombing 71 years ago that killed tens of thousands in an instant and ushered in the nuclear age. In a sweeping address...

  • In Hiroshima, Obama visit stirs warm but complex feelings

    In Hiroshima, Obama visit stirs warm but complex feelings

    Even today, almost 71 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II, Michiko Yamaoka’s 91-year-old mother hates fiery sunsets. “It reminds her of the red sky after the blast,” says Yamaoka. The bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 — and three days later, another blast...

  • U.S. scientists have been quietly working in Hiroshima for decades

    U.S. scientists have been quietly working in Hiroshima for decades

    Ikuko Murai remembers when the American Jeeps would come after school to take her and other young survivors to a lab at the top of a hill. This was the 1950s, just a few years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “They examined my head, and measured my height,” she said in an interview this week....

  • What you need to know about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

    What you need to know about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

    On Friday, President Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, becoming the only sitting U.S. president to visit the first city targeted in a nuclear attack. While the exact details of Obama’s trip have yet to be revealed, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said last week that the president would...

  • China box office: 'Angry Birds' rules the roost

    China box office: 'Angry Birds' rules the roost

    “Angry Birds” soared to the top of China’s box office last week, outpacing Captain America and taking in $30.3 million in its first three days in theaters. While the high-powered Marvel film was bested by some animated avians, “Captain America: Civil War” added another $22.8 million to its war...

  • Off the (failing) grid in North Korea, where solar energy is a hot commodity

    Off the (failing) grid in North Korea, where solar energy is a hot commodity

    Think of it as a North Korean Best Buy — a shop stuffed with refrigerators, karaoke machines, laptop computers and flat-screen TVs. But with a square footage closer to a typical American 7-Eleven than a big-box store, the Pothonggang Information Technology Center has to be selective about what...

  • North Korea is building something other than nukes: architecture with some zing

    North Korea is building something other than nukes: architecture with some zing

    Soaring more than 50 stories, the new blue-and-white skyscraper at the top of Future Science Street cuts a Jetsons-like form. Its tower is crowned with a golden planet, and its sleek tiers of stacked oblong shapes call to mind a cartoon spaceport, ready to dock flying saucers. Down the block, two...

  • China box office: 'Captain America' keeps crushing it, totaling $156 million

    China box office: 'Captain America' keeps crushing it, totaling $156 million

    “Captain America: Civil War” continued conquering China last week, adding another $60 million to its earnings on the mainland and making it the country’s sixth biggest grossing film of the year. The Marvel movie has taken in $155.8 million in its first 10 days in theaters, according to film industry...

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