A-bomb survivors tell stories

May 1, 2014

A-bomb survivors tell stories

Documentary filmmaker Shizu Azuma wants to send a message through her latest film, “Utsukushii Hito”: Just as we should never forget those who lost their lives in the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we should not forget those who survived, either. Completed ...

Envoy living out his childhood dream

| Apr 8, 2014

Envoy living out his childhood dream

Although it was his childhood dream to become his country’s ambassador to Japan, actually doing so was not an easy task for Abdulaziz Turkistani. “It’s a dream come true,” said the 56-year-old, who became Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan in 2009. Turkistani first came ...

Mar 26, 2014

Families with young kids eligible for one-time handouts

The government will give out a special child benefit of ¥10,000 to households nationwide with children aged 15 or younger to help offset the consumption tax hike to 8 percent. According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Minister, the one-time cash handout is one ...

English translation tells tales of 100 Miyagi tsunami survivors

Mar 25, 2014

English translation tells tales of 100 Miyagi tsunami survivors

It was the inspiration and eagerness of Hitomi Nakanishi, an Australia-based Japanese scholar, that led to the publication of an English-language book with recollections and photos of the experiences of 100 survivors of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in and around Ishinomaki, ...

Spelling ace Bostrom wins 2014 bee

Mar 23, 2014

Spelling ace Bostrom wins 2014 bee

Michaella Bostrom has been crowned winner of the 5th Japan Times Spelling Bee after besting 37 other students from around the country, booking a ticket to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on her third try. “I’m surprised!” the 14-year-old student at ...