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37 articles published


Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

National Jun 18, 2016

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

by Sayuri Daimon

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlasted those that scoffed at his return to power as leader of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party in 2012. And yet while the prime minister appears to have established himself as an increasingly dominant force in domestic politics over ...

How Trump fares in Japan's tabloids

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 18, 2016

How Trump fares in Japan's tabloids

by Mark Schreiber

If Japan's weekly magazines appear to be devoting an inordinate amount of space to coverage of U.S. politics this election year, it's thanks largely to the flamboyant antics of Donald Trump, who can be counted on for verbal outbursts and surprises. Take weekly magazine Shukan ...

Big in Japan? Faux Trump ad video goes viral

World / Politics Jun 18, 2016

Big in Japan? Faux Trump ad video goes viral

by Jesse Johnson

Donald Trump is tangling with Japan again. This time, the only nuclear weapons involved are the ones being launched in a viral video posing as a Japanese-made commercial for the Republican U.S. presidential candidate. The satirical video, created by American YouTube personality Mike Dahlquist, better known ...

Editorials Jun 18, 2016

The need for more scholarships

The ruling and opposition parties must follow through on their promises to increase university scholarships and prevent more students from having to take out crippling loans.

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

Travel Jun 18, 2016

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

by Carla Francis

Isolated from the pulsating sounds of pachinko parlors and the neon lights of Tokyo, the small, laid-back city of Takayama in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture offers something that visitors to Japan's urban hubs don't typically find: quiet. Caught in the bustle of the modern ...

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

Digital | ON: TECH Jun 18, 2016

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

by Chiho Komoriya

Kyouei Design's flashy bookmark The tech-savvy may prefer to read e-books from tablets these days, especially since one of the advantages is that the device is often backlit making it easier to see text in dim environments. Printed matter, however, never seems to lose its ...

Drawing on the past of Osamu Tezuka

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Jun 18, 2016

Drawing on the past of Osamu Tezuka

by Roland Kelts

In 1977, American author and translator Frederik L. Schodt and three friends formed a manga-translation group in Tokyo, with the then-quixotic dream of introducing Japanese comics to a global readership. Schodt had arrived in Japan in 1965, courtesy of a father in the United ...

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Soccer / J. League Jun 18, 2016

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Kawasaki Frontale surrendered the top spot in the J. League to Kashima Antlers after being held to a surprise 2-2 draw away to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka in the penultimate round of first-stage matches on Saturday. Fukuoka raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a double ...

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

Olympics Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's track and field icon is back. Koji Murofushi, a two-time Olympic medalist in the men's hammer throw, has been more of a scholar and sports administrator in the last couple of years. But now the time has come to take off his suit, remove his ...