Focus more on poorest children: UNICEF chief

Sep 25, 2010

Focus more on poorest children: UNICEF chief

NEW YORK — As executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, Anthony Lake is a fierce defender of children — especially the poorest and most marginalized — and believes they should be a focal point as world leaders gather in New York to ...

Jul 30, 2010

Ban to push antinuke goal at Hiroshima, Nagasaki

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Wednesday he hopes to utilize his upcoming visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings to push forward his goal of realizing a world free of nuclear arms. “During ...

Jul 20, 2010

NGO utilizes music to improve lives in Vietnam

NEW YORK — A nongovernmental organization led by a New York-based Tokyo native is striving to use music as a means to improve the lives of people in trouble spots around the world. Tomo Nomura, who recently organized a concert to raise funds for ...

Jul 16, 2010

American grads head to Nagasaki to document A-bomb survivors, kin

NEW YORK — Two recent college graduates are traveling to Nagasaki to interview atomic-bomb survivors and their relatives for a documentary they will produce about peace activism. “We hope to, with the documentary, humanize the story and have interviews with the survivors — the ...

May 25, 2010

Harpsichordist takes on nukes with global peace concerts

NEW YORK — Harpsichordist Yasuko Mitsui has promised to keep organizing concerts around the globe through her foundation until the world has gotten rid of nuclear weapons “Until nuclear weapons disappear, I will keep doing this because it is my goal,” the Tokyo native ...

May 10, 2010

Now the time to ban nukes: Nobel laureate

NEW YORK — Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams says a window of opportunity is now open to push U.N. officials to begin work on a new comprehensive treaty to ban nuclear weapons, but the opportunity shouldn’t be squandered. “I think we are at ...

Apr 2, 2010

Film on double hibakusha in works

NEW YORK — A 20-minute trailer for a film about Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki and died in January, was shown during the recent New York Peace Film Festival. “I think he must be so happy, just ...

Mar 27, 2010

Artist shares culture of paper-cutting in U.S.

NEW YORK — Armed only with an art knife, Shu Kubo over the last few months has single-handedly built up a fan base after battling blizzards and floods to introduce thousands of Americans to the intricate art of paper-cutting. The Japanese government appointed the ...

Mar 24, 2010

Brown sees next caper as hit here

EXETER, N.H. — American author Dan Brown believes Japanese readers will be sucked in by his latest novel, “The Lost Symbol,” because it is a mystery that delves into the secret world of Freemasons. Rumored to be members of this fraternal organization are some ...

Mar 20, 2010

Instability in 1960s made secret pacts with U.S. necessary: expert

NEW YORK — The tacit agreements between Japan and the United States concerning U.S. nuclear-armed vessels visiting Japanese ports were necessary in the 1960s due to the unstable political climate at the time, according to a leading American expert on Japan. “Probably in that ...