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Sri Lankan keen to showcase Japanese innovation

Nov 24, 2012

Sri Lankan keen to showcase Japanese innovation

by Jane Singer

Monte Cassim, 65, slips effortlessly from English to Japanese and back, as befits one of the few non-Japanese to have served as president of a major Japanese university. After heading Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, from 2004 to 2009, the Sri ...

Ink artist pushes the boundaries of tattooing

Nov 17, 2012

Ink artist pushes the boundaries of tattooing

by Kris Kosaka

The skin as canvas, inks and needles replacing the palette: tattoos by Khan transcend mere decorations. Whether he is depicting eye crinkles in a portrait of the Dalai Lama or the leer of a supernatural ghoul, his rich color and technical realism redefines the ...

Pregnancy crisis center lends guidance, support

Nov 10, 2012

Pregnancy crisis center lends guidance, support

by Gianni Simone

Demographic statistics released by the health and welfare ministry continue to paint a bleak future for Japan, whose population is forecast to decline steadily in coming decades unless measures are taken to reverse the birthrate decline. The number of babies born in 2011 was ...

Free magazines zoom in on all things Japanese

Nov 3, 2012

Free magazines zoom in on all things Japanese

by Gianni Simone

While English-language magazines in Japan are fast becoming a species in danger of extinction, Europe is experiencing a renewed interest in this country thanks to a veteran French journalist who since 2010 has been publishing Zoom Japon (and its English version, Zoom Japan), a ...

Manga artist wields 'fude' brush in samurai epic

Oct 13, 2012

Manga artist wields 'fude' brush in samurai epic

by Kris Kosaka

Illustrator and comic book artist Mulele Jarvis came to Tokyo just as he reached adulthood. It was five years after he had first discovered manga near his home in San Francisco, at Kinokuniya Bookstore, next door to Japantown: “That’s where I found Katsuhiro Otomo’s ...