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Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

Mar 5, 2014

Sacred dance helps preserve community spirit in Tohoku

When Masayuki Sasayama’s house was swept away by the tsunami three years ago, he was temporarily separated from his family and forced to stay in an evacuation shelter, but the tragedy did not stop him from helping preserve his hometown’s “kagura,” a traditional performance ...

Okayama uniqueness in its jeans?

Nov 26, 2013

Okayama uniqueness in its jeans?

As the birthplace of Japanese jeans, Okayama Prefecture is more passionate than other areas in demonstrating the cross-generational appeal of denim. In what organizers say is a first for Japan, local governments, labor unions and groups in Okayama have joined hands to create an ...

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

Nov 18, 2013

ASEAN ties pushed as China ties smolder

Just 11 months into office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Japan seeks to further cement its strategic ties with the region at a time when relations with China remain sour. But some ...

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

Oct 18, 2013

Embassies using mascots as ambassadors

With the Japanese public smitten with adorable or bizarre costumed characters created to promote localities or events, some foreign embassies are not missing out on the chance to catch a ride on the massive mascot boom. Collectively called “yuru-chara,” which translates as “loose or ...

Briton's bus stop makeover in tsunami-hit area just a start

Apr 30, 2013

Briton's bus stop makeover in tsunami-hit area just a start

A bus stop bench, in a rather forlorn state, is situated against the backdrop of an idyllic, seaside landscape in Ohara, Miyagi Prefecture, a remote area devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The sight of the small community on Tohoku’s Oshika Peninsula ...

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Mar 16, 2013

Tomodachi program lets youths dream anew

Three young women had simple aspirations before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and nuclear crisis altered the landscape of the northeast and their lives on March 11. “I lost everything I had and my life was totally changed,” said Ayaka Ogawa, who became the ...

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Mar 13, 2013

3/11 students vow leadership roles

Students from the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011, disasters have vowed to draw from their experiences and take on new roles on the global stage. “We were given opportunities to examine global issues and think about how to address them,” Atsuko ...

Photo retoucher restores memories to disaster survivors

Jan 4, 2013

Photo retoucher restores memories to disaster survivors

Behind every photograph is a story, and New York-based photo retoucher Becci Manson wants to make sure the stories of disaster survivors struggling with the pain of losing loved ones are preserved. This desire inspired her to initiate a project to retouch photos damaged ...

May 21, 2012

G-8 spotlight falls on Noda but holding stage a challenge

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda found himself in the spotlight when he was given a surprise treat during his first stint at the Group of Eight summit — a birthday cake from the current G-8 host, U.S. President Barack Obama, with the rest of the ...

Mar 29, 2012

Noda failed to lift Japan's profile at nuclear summit

With Pyongyang’s planned rocket launch looming over East Asian, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had the perfect opportunity at this week’s global nuclear summit in Seoul to raise Japan’s presence in dealing with North Korea. But Noda missed out on the chance as he arrived ...