Japan moves to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage listing

Sep 17, 2014

Japan moves to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage listing

The country’s oldest surviving church is to be recommended for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing along with 12 other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures, under a plan formalized Wednesday by the central government. The Oura Tenshudo Catholic Church, built in Nagasaki in ...

Chasing the ghost of Musashi in Kyushu

Aug 16, 2014

Chasing the ghost of Musashi in Kyushu

by Alon Adika

In the spring of 1645 a man lay dying in Kumamoto, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. He sensed that his time was near, asked for someone to help him into a seated position and tucked his short sword into his belt. This ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage list

A government panel on Thursday endorsed churches and other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures as candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing in 2016. The government will submit a written recommendation for the locations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

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 ...

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

May 8, 2014

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima declared Thursday that the avian influenza that ravaged chickens at a poultry farm in the prefecture in April has been successfully contained. “The prefectural government’s rapid response and strong efforts to contain the virus have led us to declare an ...

| Apr 15, 2014

Farmers acted fast to fight latest outbreak

The avian influenza that struck a chicken farm in Kumamoto Prefecture was the first outbreak in Japan in three years and came as authorities were already on high alert about migrant birds after reports of the disease hitting South Korea since the beginning of ...

Mar 31, 2014

Fair-trade advocates look forward

Promoters of fair-trade towns say their inclusive approach to developing and spreading ethical consumption will help solve wealth inequalities at the global, national and local levels. “The fair-trade towns movement has so far been somewhat about numbers — about how many towns we can ...