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May 4, 2015

Scorsese says movie 'Silence' inspired by Catholic upbringing

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the drama “Silence” — based on a novel by Shusaku Endo — was inspired by his religiously observant childhood, despite the Hollywood heavyweight not typically being known for spiritual outpourings. Lauded for his direction ...

Memories of the man who inspired 'Giovanni's Island'

May 4, 2015

Memories of the man who inspired 'Giovanni's Island'

by Eriko Aoyagi

The man whose life inspired the 2014 animated film “Giovanni’s Island” has described the two years he shared with friends from the former Soviet Union and the impact of its occupation of his hometown following World War II. Hiroshi Tokuno, now 81, recalled how ...

Demand growing for class-reunion services

May 4, 2015

Demand growing for class-reunion services

by Asako Takaguchi

Services to coordinate class reunions are finding more takers because of the scarcity of people willing to take charge of contacting former classmates and securing venues. Dousoukai Net Co. arranged a reunion in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, in late February for a local junior high ...

May 4, 2015

Abe, Obama exchange 'thank you' tweets

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama have exchanged tweets in a sign of their closer personal ties following Abe’s official visit to the United States last week. “Barack, thank you for everything, including Lincoln Memorial tour, Yamaguchi sake and haiku — ...