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 ...

Kyoto's old town houses added to World Monuments Fund list

Oct 15, 2009

Kyoto's old town houses added to World Monuments Fund list

NEW YORK — The World Monuments Fund earlier this month announced Kyoto’s traditional town houses, called “machiya,” were added to 92 other sites that are at risk of disappearing in 47 countries. Kyoto was one of the few Japanese cities that survived World War ...

Sep 22, 2009

Environmentalists looking to Hatoyama for leadership

NEW YORK (Kyodo) If Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama makes good on his promise to cut Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and send a strong message to a U.N. climate change summit this week, Tokyo has a chance of playing a ...

Manhattan Project relic may be spared

Aug 6, 2009

Manhattan Project relic may be spared

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Bill Wilcox, a former nuclear scientist, is committed to saving a slice of history that links Oak Ridge to Japan through enriched uranium that was once produced here for the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima in 1945. While buildings are ...

Hiraoka calls for nuke-free zones

May 21, 2009

Hiraoka calls for nuke-free zones

NEW YORK — As Hideo Hiraoka pushes to persuade leaders at the United Nations to advocate a nuclear-free Northeast Asia, he still remembers his first encounter with nuclear devastation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum decades ago. “That was my original starting point,” the ...

May 7, 2009

Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors back Obama's nuclear-free commitment

NEW YORK — The mayors of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki supported U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent commitment to eliminate nuclear weapons in their respective speeches Tuesday to a session of the preparatory committee of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. In his ...

7-Eleven to expand in N. America

Feb 14, 2009

7-Eleven to expand in N. America

Despite a dramatic downturn in the economy, plans are in place to expand the number of 7-Eleven stores throughout the North American market with an eye to utilizing some successful formulas that have worked in Japan. Chief among them is the concept of increasing ...