Japan no stranger to emblem, logo controversies

Sep 2, 2015

Japan no stranger to emblem, logo controversies

Incidents related to official emblems for public institutions and events in Japan, like Tuesday’s retraction of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo, are nothing new. In the case of Expo ’70 held in Osaka, the selection committee chose a design from 48 applications in 1966, ...

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

Jun 5, 2015

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

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Publisher Kadokawa Corp. has unveiled a vision to turn Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, into a hub for the “Cool Japan” movement by creating a cultural complex that it claims Japan has never seen the likes of before. Calling it the “Cool Japan Forest Vision,” the ...

Abandoned homes a growing menace

Jan 7, 2014

Abandoned homes a growing menace

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Shinichi Ueda points to a two-story house standing on 7-meter-tall concrete blocks, flanked by other elevated dwellings. Built on a slope, the wooden structure — part of a 1,000-unit-plus residential area developed in the late 1970s in the suburban city of Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture ...