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Lawmakers from Japan's ruling LDP form ninja promotion group

Feb 23, 2018

Lawmakers from Japan's ruling LDP form ninja promotion group

Lawmakers of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party held a meeting Thursday to mark the establishment of a group aimed at promoting the glamour of ninjas around the world. The lawmakers' group will support the Japan Ninja Council, which includes municipalities with ninja links such as ...

Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

Feb 23, 2018

Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

by Chisato Tanaka

On Feb. 22, which is Neko No Hi (Cat Day) in Japan, some major Japanese companies have entered into the spirit of the celebration and surprised the public by changing their corporate names to capture the heart of cat-loving potential customers (presumably just for ...

Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors

Feb 23, 2018

Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors

Yanagawa, a tourist city in southwestern Japan, is working to offer omotenashi (hospitality) to visitors from abroad with yasashii (easy) Japanese that is simple for them to understand. The efforts of the city in Fukuoka Prefecture have been drawing attention as an effective way to ...

Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival

Feb 23, 2018

Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival

by Nobuko Tanaka

In the world of Japanese contemporary drama, the action often takes place offstage as well as on. A case in point is what happened to Chiaki Soma, the program director at Festival/Tokyo from 2009-13, who is the main force behind the Theater Commons Tokyo festival, ...