Dec 6, 2007

Pianists prove disability no barrier to playing

Thirteen pianists with disabilities from seven countries held a concert Monday at the United Nations to coincide with the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons. The performers from Japan, Malaysia, France, South Korea, the United States, Spain and Portugal ranged in ...

Kawagoe takes taste of Little Edo to the Big Apple

Nov 15, 2007

Kawagoe takes taste of Little Edo to the Big Apple

The Japanese consul general recently threw open the doors of his grand European-style home here to showcase Kawagoe, the famous castle town in Saitama Prefecture. The first-time event cosponsored by Consul General Motoatsu Sakurai offered New Yorkers a taste and feel for the historic ...

Freed man slams executions of innocent

Oct 19, 2007

Freed man slams executions of innocent

Sakae Menda, a man freed from death row more than 24 years ago, called on member states Tuesday at the United Nations to step up efforts to achieve a global abolishment of capital punishment. “I have come to strongly believe in working and acting ...

Aug 17, 2007

U.S. film on A-bomb witnesses debuts

A documentary by Academy award winner Steven Okazaki recently premiered across America on the Home Box Office television service, shedding new light on the double atomic bombings some 62 years ago, when the United States targeted Hiroshima, then Nagasaki, in an effort to bring ...

Jul 17, 2007

N.Y. film fest to explore A-bombings

The first New York Peace Film Festival, opening in August and featuring a guest appearance by an atomic-bomb survivor, will revisit the world’s only nuclear attacks. The festival will include five films, poetry and music and dance performances. Its executive producer, Yumi Tanaka, was ...

'Cats of Mirikitani' star sets Hiroshima homecoming

Jul 4, 2007

'Cats of Mirikitani' star sets Hiroshima homecoming

A formerly homeless American-born artist who was interned during World War II and the subject of an award-winning film will go to Japan for the first time in decades to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in August and attend the film’s theatrical release. Jimmy ...

Animals provided inspiration for therapeutic robot

Jun 16, 2007

Animals provided inspiration for therapeutic robot

When Takanori Shibata first began robotic research 14 years ago, he wasn’t interested in inventing a robot to help with jobs around the house. He wanted to design something that would improve the quality of people’s lives. Shibata thought about animals and how they ...

Japanese-American's life story moves New York

Mar 28, 2007

Japanese-American's life story moves New York

A proud elderly man in a red beret drags his battered supplies along a busy Soho street corner oblivious to the cold winter. Billing himself as a “grand master artist,” Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani spends his days perfecting his trademark cat paintings in front of ...