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Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

Jun 27, 2014

Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

by Takeshi Nishide

Gashin Tomomitsu, a 30-year-old Buddhist monk, has organized unique spiritual and cultural events over the past four years, attracting young people who would otherwise have little religious interaction in their daily lives. Offering a chance to experience chanting, flower arrangement, sutra copying and other ...

Jun 27, 2014

Priests crossing boundaries of faith

Inter-faith groups formed by religious leaders have been taking off since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. An untold number of small councils have been established, but at the prefectural and city levels there are some 50 groups across Japan. In Ota Ward, ...

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

Jun 25, 2014

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

by Makoto Sekiya

A growing number of people with disabilities are winning recognition artistically and commercially as their works of art and design find their way into more galleries and shops. Last November, the Hikarie shopping mall in Shibuya held an exhibition and sale of artworks produced ...

Jun 22, 2014

In vitro fertilization OK'd for unwed couples in Japan

The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology decided at a general meeting Saturday to revise its guidelines to approve in vitro fertilization for couples in de facto relationships. The society’s guidelines, drawn up in 1983, called for obstetricians to perform in vitro fertilization only ...

Jun 16, 2014

Ainu center operations policy gets Cabinet OK

The Cabinet has approved a basic policy for managing an Ainu culture center being planned in Hokkaido. The center, tentatively called the Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony, will be opened to the public around the same time as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ...