Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Dec 24, 2014

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Kazunori Kumagai, 37, is the first Japanese to win the Flo-Bert prize, a prestigious award that honors tap dancers for outstanding achievements. Fresh from landing the prize in May, Kumagai, who is based in New York, returned to Japan this fall for a 70-minute ...

Rice agronomist honored for work in Africa

Dec 19, 2014

Rice agronomist honored for work in Africa

Rice cultivation expert Tatsushi Tsuboi has spent a lifetime promoting the grain’s production in Africa, a continent with chronic food shortages. His efforts to combat starvation and boost economic development in Africa led to his winning this year’s Niigata International Food Award, a biennial ...

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster picks 'culture' as word of year

Whether popular, corporate or entitled, “culture” was named word of the year by U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster on Monday as a flexible catch-all that can easily identify a subject, idea or issue. Merriam-Webster defines culture as the beliefs, customs and arts of a “society, group, ...

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

Nov 24, 2014

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

American girls love British boys: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night’s big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn’t attend the show. One Direction also won favorite band, duo or ...

Miyazaki is second Japanese to receive honorary Oscar

Nov 10, 2014

Miyazaki is second Japanese to receive honorary Oscar

Renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki received an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a Hollywood ceremony Saturday for years of contributions to the motion picture industry. Miyazaki, 73, is the second Japanese to win the Academy Honorary Award, ...

Japanese conductor Nishimoto honored at Vatican music festival

Oct 24, 2014

Japanese conductor Nishimoto honored at Vatican music festival

Conductor Tomomi Nishimoto was honored at the Vatican music festival in a ceremony held by the annual event’s sponsoring foundation in Rome on Thursday, becoming the first Japanese to win the award. Nishimoto, 44, will conduct concerts at two venues, including Saint Peter’s Basilica, ...

For Nobel Peace Prize, it's politics as usual

| Oct 11, 2014

For Nobel Peace Prize, it's politics as usual

One is Muslim, the other Hindu; one a Pakistani, the other Indian; one a school girl just starting out in life, the other a man with decades of experience. Despite their many differences, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai and 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi will be forever linked ...