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For Miwa Murphy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

For famed sculptor, life has been a work of art

May 29, 2012

For famed sculptor, life has been a work of art

Among the more than 100 pieces of art displayed in New York’s Rockefeller Center by figures such as Diego Rivera, Isamu Noguchi and Lee Lawrie, mostly from the 1930s and 1940s, a glowing piece named “Light and Movement” by a Japanese-American artist blends into ...

Leave the gun, bring 'takoyaki': East Village

Jan 14, 2011

Leave the gun, bring 'takoyaki': East Village

NEW YORK — Tradition is not the first word that comes to mind when one plans a visit to Manhattan’s East Village, sometimes referred to as New York’s counterculture capital known for punk rock, new wave bands, drug dealers and tattoo parlors. But the ...

Nov 2, 2010

Undercover North magazine now in English

NEW YORK — A magazine composed almost entirely of materials smuggled out of North Korea by reporters living inside the country has just launched its first English edition in an effort to reach a wider audience. The English edition of the quarterly Rimjingang will ...

Aug 26, 2010

New York performer narrates Okinawa's history through dance

NEW YORK — The name Okinawa can conjure up an image of islands scattered between Japan proper and Taiwan, or a picturesque blue sea and white beaches, or U.S. military bases surrounded by protesters. These images are all very common, but Okinawa has much ...

U.S.-trained doctor tries to set new pace

Jul 12, 2008

U.S.-trained doctor tries to set new pace

When patients in Japan see a doctor for an ailment or a checkup, or to get prescriptions, probably few would be able to identify their medicine or explain why they take it. That’s because most patients passively rely on their physicians to ensure their ...

Ex-TV star fulfilled by play's run on Broadway

Jan 26, 2008

Ex-TV star fulfilled by play's run on Broadway

About 30 years ago, Michi Yamamura was an aspiring actress who was about to end her brief stint with a Tokyo-based theater company in line with a promise she made her mother, who believed her daughter should have a “regular job” with a stable ...

Facing finite home market, no-frills stores seek growth abroad

Jan 10, 2008

Facing finite home market, no-frills stores seek growth abroad

NEW YORK (Kyodo) During the recession that plagued Japan in the 1990s, ¥100 shops and other no-frills stores became magnets for penny-pinching consumers and despite the lean times reported stunning growth. Among notable examples are Daiso-Sangyo Co., Japan’s top ¥100 shop chain, Fast Retailing ...

Nov 3, 2007

Soprano breaking opera world's 'bamboo ceiling'

Asian performers have become a fixture in Western concert halls in recent years, with talents from China, Japan and South Korea regularly giving recitals and master classes at major cities in Europe and the U.S. But Asian cast members remain a relative rarity in ...

Sep 27, 2007

Kim expresses hopes for Korea summit

Former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung said Tuesday he personally hopes the normalization of Japan-North Korea ties can be discussed at the inter-Korean summit next month. At an event hosted by New York’s Korea Society, Kim said he hopes the abductee issue will ...

Internment-era parallels seen in today's mind-set

Aug 25, 2007

Internment-era parallels seen in today's mind-set

Lessons learned from the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II are still relevant today in ongoing efforts to defend the civil liberties of ethnic and religious minorities, according to Floyd Mori, national director of the Japanese American Citizens League. Mori, 68, made the ...