'Enka' icon Shimakura dies at 75

Nov 9, 2013

'Enka' icon Shimakura dies at 75

Chiyoko Shimakura, known as one of Japan’s most enduring postwar singers, died of liver cancer at a Tokyo hospital Friday, her record label said. She was 75. The singer of popular songs and “enka” ballads had numerous hits in her career spanning 58 years, ...

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

Sep 17, 2013

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

by Seana K. Magee

As pop star turned activist Shinji Harada performs around the world, including at a special United Nations concert this month in New York, he is reminded of the importance his hometown of Hiroshima plays as the nexus of a global peace movement 68 years ...