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33 articles published


The peacemakers of Okinawa

National Jun 11, 2016

The peacemakers of Okinawa

by Jon Mitchell

Sixty years ago this week, the U.S. government released the controversial Price Report, triggering mass protests on Okinawa that gave birth to leaders who, while renowned in the prefecture, remain little known outside it

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

National Jun 11, 2016

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

UNESCO said Friday it has decided to propose approving Japan's request to expand the World Heritage area of religious sites and pilgrimage trails in the Kii mountains straddling central and western Japan. The expansion will formally be endorsed by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural ...

New life and old ghosts in Okinawa

Travel | PHOTO ESSAY Jun 11, 2016

New life and old ghosts in Okinawa

by Hiroyuki Ito

I had two images of Okinawa before I visited: One was of a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches; the other, of isolated islands inhabited by strong characters that don't take any nonsense from the Japanese government or the U.S. military. Arriving at the airport in ...

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Jun 11, 2016

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

by Danielle Demetriou

Maybe it is Nasty's electric blue hair, cascading in braids around her doll-like face. Perhaps it is the gothic-style black lipstick of her friend Candy. Or the surreal fabric limbs sewn onto the dress of lilac-haired Baby. Whatever the reason, my 1-year-old daughter stares at ...

Voices | OVERHEARD Jun 11, 2016

Selective attention

Why is it that nobody in Japan will jaywalk and yet almost everyone rides their bike straight past the prominent sign that instructs them to walk their bike through pedestrian areas?