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Kanze Nohgaku Theater moves back to Ginza

Nov 28, 2014

Kanze Nohgaku Theater moves back to Ginza

by Mami Maruko

The Kanze Nohgaku Theater in Tokyo’s Shibuya district plans to close in March and reopen in Ginza in November 2016, according to the head of the country’s largest school of noh. The new theater will be located in the basement of a new complex ...

Mount Aso spews first magma in over two decades

Nov 28, 2014

Mount Aso spews first magma in over two decades

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture is experiencing its first magmatic eruption in 21 years, the Metrological Agency’s regional headquarters in Fukuoka announced Thursday. The nation’s largest active volcano has been spewing ash since Tuesday. The last magmatic eruption was recorded in February 1993. The ...

Flash cards help foreign children learn kanji

| Nov 28, 2014

Flash cards help foreign children learn kanji

An elementary school teacher from Aichi Prefecture has developed a unique new way for foreign children to learn Japanese from flash cards. The Niwatori-style kanji cards created by 56-year-old Noriko Niwa let elementary school children learn kanji with their first language. Niwa has also ...

Nov 27, 2014

Tally of firms targeted by antisocial demands plunges to 4%

About 4 percent of all Japanese companies have been targeted by unreasonable demands made by yakuza and other antisocial groups over the past five years, a survey carried out in conjunction with the National Police Agency said Thursday. That’s down sharply from the 12 ...

Sankei reporter pleads not guilty to defaming South Korean president

Nov 27, 2014

Sankei reporter pleads not guilty to defaming South Korean president

A Japanese reporter indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing on Thursday at the Seoul Central District Court. Prosecutors last month indicted Tatsuya Kato, the former Seoul bureau chief of Japan’s Sankei Shimbun, over ...