Myanmar relents, says Doctors Without Borders can stay

Mar 2, 2014

Myanmar relents, says Doctors Without Borders can stay

A day after Doctors Without Borders announced its expulsion from Myanmar, the government backpedaled, saying the aid organization would be allowed to resume operations everywhere but Rakhine, a state plagued by bloody bouts of sectarian violence. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group expressed grave concern ...

S. Korean official says stolen statues should be returned

Sep 28, 2013

S. Korean official says stolen statues should be returned

South Korean Culture Minister Yoo Jin-ryong said two Buddhist statues stolen last year from Japan should be returned to their owners in Nagasaki Prefecture, according to Hakubun Shimomura, his Japanese counterpart. Shimomura told reporters that Yoo made the remarks Friday during a bilateral meeting ...

Temples seek tighter community ties

Jun 27, 2013

Temples seek tighter community ties

by Takeshi Nishide

A new generation of Buddhist priests is working closely with ordinary people to regenerate communities as population shrinkage threatens the future of their temples. On a Saturday night in May, a group of five men, mostly in their 30s, sat down at Saikoji Temple ...