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Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight

Jul 9, 2014

Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight

by Keiji Hirano

A Tokyo nonprofit organization is launching a major series of lectures on Minamata disease, following a first round in 2012, as part of continuing efforts to spread awareness of the tragedy. Minamata disease was identified in 1956 as a form of mercury poisoning stemming ...

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Jul 9, 2014

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp. has announced plans to open a slew of academies across East and Southeast Asia, starting with Taiwan and Singapore, each pushing knowledge of the core design skills at the heart of Japanese pop culture. Kadokawa said recently that it will ...

Jul 9, 2014

Unsent love letter from Nobel laureate Kawabata found

An unsent love letter written by Japanese writer and Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) when he was 22 has been discovered at his former residence in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. In the letter, written in autumn 1921 and addressed to Hatsuyo Ito, believed to be ...

Jul 9, 2014

Powerful typhoon passes over Okinawa, disrupting transportation

A powerful typhoon passed over Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all flights and ferry services in the area. Typhoon Neoguri, the season’s eighth typhoon, is now forecast to head northward over the East China Sea, approaching the main island of Kyushu ...

Jul 8, 2014

Quake shakes Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Hokkaido on Tuesday evening, but no tsunami alert was issued, the Meteorological Agency said. The 6:05 p.m. quake originated in the southern Ishikari region and the focus of the quake was shallow, the agency said. ...