Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

May 18, 2016

Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

Dancer Hannah O’Neill on Tuesday won the prestigious award for the ballerina category in the Benois de la Danse competition, becoming only the second recipient from Japan to do so. The 23-year-old O’Neill, of New Zealand and Japanese parents, is a premier dancer with ...

Mar 27, 2016

LPG exec eyes corporate awards to raise Fukushima's spirits

Over the past five years, Yuji Shinogi has led a number of projects to buoy his fellow residents in Fukushima Prefecture, which is struggling to shed the stigma from Japan’s worst nuclear power plant accident. In his latest attempt to highlight the positive side ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan honors Hank Aaron with Order of the Rising Sun

Japan has honored former home-run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Thursday, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and their shared love of baseball. The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with ...

Nobody fit enough for Miura award

Jun 5, 2014

Nobody fit enough for Miura award

The government is struggling to find someone worthy of the Yuichiro Miura award, named after the oldest person in the world to have climbed Mount Everest. The award was established a year ago as Japan celebrated Miura’s achievement at the impressive age of 80. ...

Putin in running for year's Nobel Peace Prize

Mar 5, 2014

Putin in running for year's Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin is among a record 278 nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday. Putin is thought to have been proposed by Russian figures in October. He is credited with averting a U.S. attack against Syria by ...

Sculptor based in U.S. bags Hirakushi award

Oct 7, 2013

Sculptor based in U.S. bags Hirakushi award

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California-based sculptor Minoru Ohira has received this year’s Denchu Hirakushi Award for his works employing materials such as construction waste and dead branches. Ohira is the first artist residing outside Japan to win the prestigious award, which was established in 1971 with funds donated ...