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Feb 3, 2016

Celebrated noh actor Kan Hosho dies at 81

Kan Hosho, a celebrated actor of noh classical musical drama, died Monday at his home in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward. He was 81 and had been suffering throat cancer. Hosho, the first son of Yaichi Hosho, also a noh actor, was given the state honor ...

Feb 3, 2016

Japan joins Minamata convention against mercury pollution

Japan on Tuesday became the 23rd country to join the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international pollution treaty on the toxic metal that requires approval by 50 countries for it to take effect. The convention describes mercury as “a chemical of global concern.” It ...