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Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

National Jan 6, 2014

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

by Sophie Jackman

A group of kimono enthusiasts is trying to change people's attitudes about the traditional attire by invading public spaces en masse. Kimono Jack — a group that takes its name from the Japanese tendency to use "hijack" when referring to flash mobs — calls on ...

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

National Jan 6, 2014

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

by Eric Johnston

Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance ...

Editorials Jan 6, 2014

Attracting more tourists to Japan

If Japan is really serious about attracting 20 million tourists a year by the time of the 2020 Olympics, the nation has a lot more to do to make visitors feel more welcome.

Editorials Jan 6, 2014

No substitute for overseas travel

Whatever the reasons are for why younger Japanese aren't traveling overseas as much as the older generations, travel can be the best way for people to learn of different cultures and stem the tendency to show bias against people of different ethnic or cultural ...

Commentary / Japan Jan 6, 2014

Abe squandering good will

by William Pesek

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's weakening public standing doesn't bode well for the "third arrow" of his economic plan — lower trade barriers, less regulation and a greater embrace of free-market principles.

Veteran Iwamasa to join Thai club

Soccer / J. League Jan 6, 2014

Veteran Iwamasa to join Thai club

Former Japan defender Daiki Iwamasa will continue his playing career in Thailand, J. League first-division side Kashima Antlers announced Monday. The 31-year-old Iwamasa played in 18 games for Antlers last season but rarely appeared on the pitch in the second half of the season and ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jan 6, 2014

New NPB commissioner Kumazaki takes reins

Nippon Professional Baseball turned a page on Monday, when new commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki had his first official day at the office. Kumazaki spoke about reforming a system that allowed subordinates to make significant changes to NPB's official ball a year ago and cover it up. ...