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Blind activist elected to U.N. disability committee

National Jun 15, 2016

Blind activist elected to U.N. disability committee

Jun Ishikawa on Tuesday became the first Japanese independent expert to be elected to the United Nation's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Blind for over 40 years, Ishikawa is chairman for the Committee on Disability Policy with the Cabinet Office. He said he ...

Japan's dispatched ALTs struggle without a safety net

National Jun 15, 2016

Japan's dispatched ALTs struggle without a safety net

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In late March, 65 English assistant language teachers, or ALTs, effectively lost their jobs after dispatch agency Interac lost a contract with the Sapporo Board of Education. It was shocking news for the ALTs, many of whom have families to support. "Interac offered people classes outside ...

National / Politics Jun 15, 2016

U.S. official sees opportunity in Obama's Hiroshima visit

U.S. President Barack Obama's recent visit to Hiroshima provided a precious opportunity for the American public to think about the goal of creating a world free of nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. government official said Tuesday. Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and ...

Editorials Jun 15, 2016

Masuzoe throws in the towel

The Tokyo governor's resignation may be convenient for the ruling parties, but they still must get to work on closing the loophole in the Political Funds Control Law that led to the scandal.

Review: Sugizo and Inoran at Zepp DiverCity

Music Jun 15, 2016

Review: Sugizo and Inoran at Zepp DiverCity

by Ryotaro Aoki

From superheroes to presidential elections, 2016 seems to be a year of infighting and rivalries. It has even trickled down into Japanese rock, as Sugizo and Inoran, the two guitarists from renowned rock act Luna Sea, went toe to toe with their respective solo ...

The 'Silvered Water' of 'Syria Mon Amour'

Film Jun 15, 2016

The 'Silvered Water' of 'Syria Mon Amour'

by Kaori Shoji

"Syria Mon Amour," the Japan title of "Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait," is a direct homage to Alan Resnais' 1959 classic antiwar movie "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and reflects a desire on the part of the two-person distribution team to put the film in a Japanese ...

'Creepy': It doesn't get much eerier than this

Film / Reviews Jun 15, 2016

'Creepy': It doesn't get much eerier than this

by Mark Schilling

The title of "Creepy," the new shocker by horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa, sounds like an in-jokey self-parody. It's like titling a new Adam Sandler comedy "Goofy" (or if you're not feeling charitable, "Crappy"). But "Creepy," which premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival, is ...

The women fighting ISIS

Film | Wide Angle Jun 15, 2016

The women fighting ISIS

The Islamic State's organized use of social media for global recruitment and propaganda took many by surprise, but their adversaries are now hitting back. Rojava, the Kurdish-led revolutionary zone in northern Syria, has been looking to rally Western support to its cause, and its ...

Giants snap five-game skid

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 15, 2016

Giants snap five-game skid

Shuichi Murata hit a two-out, walk-off single in the ninth inning as the Yomiuri Giants snapped their five-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Wednesday in interleague action. Yomiuri led in the third through a two-run shot from Itaru ...

Nishikori suffers pre-Wimbledon injury blow

More Sports / Tennis Jun 15, 2016

Nishikori suffers pre-Wimbledon injury blow

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori withdrew from the Gerry Weber Open for the second straight season on Wednesday. Nishikori forfeited his second-round match against Germany's Florian Mayer due to an injury to his oblique muscles. During his first-round match against France's Lucas Pouille on Monday, ...