Photographer aims to explain Okinawa's tensions in pictures

Oct 1, 2015

Photographer aims to explain Okinawa's tensions in pictures

It is not easy to regard oneself as an oppressor. While Japanese enjoyed unprecedented prosperity in recent decades, residents of Okinawa have endured a burden others simply do not appreciate, says photographer Ari Hatsuzawa, who has published a pictorial study of what he calls ...

Koji Hirata finds the 'soul of tango' through his bandoneon

Aug 29, 2015

Koji Hirata finds the 'soul of tango' through his bandoneon

Koji Hirata encountered the bandoneon, a type of concertina, at the young age of 13. While it’s common for a teenager to take up a musical instrument, Hirata showed an unusually high level of commitment when, at 16, he took a solo trip to ...

20th women's conference looks to make history

Jul 22, 2015

20th women's conference looks to make history

Gender equality in the workforce is not a simple thing to achieve. Japan’s 1985 Equal Employment Opportunity Act requires employers to ensure equal treatment of men and women. However, working women in Japan have faced various obstacles that have limited their potential ability. That ...