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 ...

Feb 23, 2010

'Rakugo' storyteller wows U.N. staffers with imaginative comedy

NEW YORK — Thrilling more than 200 diplomats and other U.N. staff, Katsura Koharudanji III took his traditional comic storytelling to new heights last week by becoming the first “rakugo” comic story teller to perform at U.N. headquarters. The 52-year-old Koharudanji has traveled throughout ...

Japanese choir heartens patients

Dec 26, 2009

Japanese choir heartens patients

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Decked out in Santa hats, reindeer headbands or other seasonal garb, an all-Japanese troupe of singers recently made its annual pilgrimage to New Jersey, where they spread holiday spirit to patients, their families and staff at a hospital in their largest ...

Nov 5, 2009

Music-thanatology can soothe the dying

my most vulnerable part of my heart.” While her professional focus is on promoting ways of better teaching palliative and hospice care to health care professionals, Imaishi hopes to share her knowledge in her home country. “In the future, I would like to become ...