Iran cracks down on culture of 'vulgar Western' dog ownership

Jun 25, 2016

Iran cracks down on culture of 'vulgar Western' dog ownership

Dog lovers in central Iran are in uproar after authorities began confiscating their pets in an apparent crackdown on the “vulgar Western culture” of canine ownership, Iranian media reported Saturday. One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr, in Isfahan province, told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper ...

Sep 28, 2015

China's culture chief says sites being plundered, bulldozed

The treasures of China’s thousands of years of culture face being plundered, sometimes violently, or disappearing under bulldozers as authorities either do not care or do not have the resources to look after them, China’s culture chief said. In an interview published on Monday ...

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

Jul 30, 2015

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

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The city of Kyoto is stepping up efforts to become the new home of the Cultural Affairs Agency, which works to protect Japan’s officially designated cultural treasures. Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada and corporate executives in the Kansai region met Wednesday to ...

UNESCO chief says Islamic State waging 'culture cleansing'

Jul 2, 2015

UNESCO chief says Islamic State waging 'culture cleansing'

The head of the U.N. cultural organisation on Wednesday called for a campaign against the “culture cleansing” being carried out by Islamic State jihadis. “Extremists don’t destroy heritage as a collateral damage, they target it systematically to strike societies at their core,” Irina Bokova ...

Apr 13, 2015

Seven envoys named to promote cultural exchanges with Japan

The central government has named seven individuals as envoys to promote cultural exchanges with other countries in fiscal 2015, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Monday. They include Kenichi Yoshida, a member of the Tsugaru shamisen duo called the Yoshida Brothers, and photographer Naoya Hatakeyama. ...