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42 articles published/printed


Mount Fuji named World Heritage site

Jun 23, 2013

Mount Fuji named World Heritage site

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided Saturday to inscribe Mount Fuji on the U.N. agency’s prestigious World Heritage list. The 3,776-meter volcano straddling Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures was approved by the 21-member panel of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization during its ...

UNESCO confers World Heritage status on sites

Jun 23, 2013

UNESCO confers World Heritage status on sites

Italy’s Mount Etna, the hill forts of Rajasthan and the Namib Sand Sea were among the natural wonders and cultural jewels granted World Heritage status by UNESCO at its annual meeting on Friday. Other entrants into the coveted list include the Mountains of the ...

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

Jun 23, 2013

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

The administration has reportedly decided that one of the two Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels patrolling against pirates off Somalia will join a combined drill involving the United States and other countries.

Jun 23, 2013

All aboard the luxury train

With Japan's train system the envy of the world, three railway companies will offer luxury trains to cruise Japan in a style reminiscent of the Gilded Age.

Jun 23, 2013

Epidemic of dementia

Japan needs to address its dementia crisis. A recent survey found that 4.62 million people suffer from it, nearly 1.6 million more than last year's estimate.

Mount Fuji has long been an icon

Jun 23, 2013

Mount Fuji has long been an icon

by Ted Taylor

In the land of Yamato, It is our treasure, our tutelary god. It never tires our eyes to look up To the lofty peak of Mount Fuji —Manyoshu This weekend, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is expected to announce its approval of Japan’s Mount ...

Reflections on two cities

Jun 23, 2013

Reflections on two cities

by Stephen Mansfield

Having written over 10 guidebooks myself, I speak from experience when I say that working on these projects is a mixed blessing. Writing a first-time guide to a little-known part of the world, with the freedom to innovate with format and content, can be ...

North Korea occupies Fukuoka in Murakami's alternate world

Jun 23, 2013

North Korea occupies Fukuoka in Murakami's alternate world

by Eli Kirzner

Not to be confused with another famous Japanese novelist who has the same surname, Ryu Murakami is known for being an overtly political, even subversive, writer. “From the Fatherland, With Love,” his latest novel to be translated into English, cements that reputation. Taking place ...

ASIJ student McNeill helping to boost Tokyo 2020's bid

Jun 23, 2013

ASIJ student McNeill helping to boost Tokyo 2020's bid

by Ed Odeven

There are no definitive guidelines in place, no simple slogans summarizing how individuals and groups should support or oppose an Olympic bid. Of course, it’s up to them. Longtime Japan resident Jeff McNeill and his son, Mark, possess the enthusiasm that many within Japan’s ...

Jun 23, 2013

Kodaira climbs into first place at Japan Golf Tour Championship

Unheralded Satoshi Kodaira carded a 2-under 70 to move into first place after the third round of the weather-hit Japan Golf Tour Championship on Saturday. The 23-year-old Kodaira, who is winless on the Japanese tour, put together a round that featured three birdies with ...