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Radwimps play a part in the popularity of anime film 'your name.'

Nov 4, 2016

Radwimps play a part in the popularity of anime film 'your name.'

There seems to be no stopping the soaring popularity of animated film “your name.” directed by Makoto Shinkai, as the body-swapping fantasy continues to attract fans at home and abroad. Film critics list several reasons to the film’s box office success, and the connection ...

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

Oct 28, 2016

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

For kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke and silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka, keeping old traditions alive and sharing them with as many local and foreign fans as possible remain their mission. Kikunosuke, who performed in an onnagata female role in “Sagi Musume” (“Heron Maiden”) in ...

Support groups emerge to help female recluses

Oct 19, 2016

Support groups emerge to help female recluses

While hikikomori (social withdrawal) is usually seen as mostly affecting men, the current way of thinking fails to take into account the many women who are effectively — and involuntarily — cut off from society, campaigners and experts say. Kyoko Hayashi, who is leading ...

'Hospital' for stuffed toys is bursting at the seams

Sep 29, 2016

'Hospital' for stuffed toys is bursting at the seams

When Seiko Kita took her 3-year-old to an Osaka hospital for treatment of injuries, including damage to her ears and other body parts, she never expected the service would be such a godsend. But Nuigurumi Byoin — a self-styled hospital for stuffed toys — ...

Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

Sep 6, 2016

Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

Being blind is nobody’s choice, but for Japanese swimmer Keiichi Kimura the decision to break into the world of competitive swimming — and go one further by aiming for gold at the Paralympics — was entirely his. Going to the Rio Paralympics, which starts ...

Latest base-linked crime drags SOFA pact back into spotlight

| Jun 20, 2016

Latest base-linked crime drags SOFA pact back into spotlight

A pact governing the legal status and conduct of U.S. military and nonmilitary personnel in Japan is back under the spotlight following last month’s arrest of an American civilian base worker in Okinawa Prefecture suspected of raping and killing a local Japanese woman. Fueled ...

Manga shows Hiroshima survival as one of joy

Jun 2, 2016

Manga shows Hiroshima survival as one of joy

The horror in post-bombing Hiroshima is captured in black-and-white photos of the city and its beleaguered survivors. But Taeko Tada, whose mother survived the U.S. atomic bombing at the age of 5, has a different take on the tragedy. Her self-published manga focuses on ...