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Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

National Jul 24, 2018

Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

by Alex Martin

When strapped for cash before his next paycheck, Ryo Takezawa would trudge over to the nearest Bookoff, the nation's largest chain of secondhand bookstores, to sell his novels and CDs. But the buyback rates were meager: The 37-year-old temporary worker was lucky if he was ...

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

Art Jul 24, 2018

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Fertile periods of artistic endeavor are not hard to come by in Japanese history. Many would cite the Edo, Muromachi or Heian periods. The Tokyo National Museum, however, reminds visitors of one era often forgotten — the ancient Jomon Period.

Yuto Nagatomo eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

Soccer Jul 24, 2018

Yuto Nagatomo eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

Galatasaray defender Yuto Nagatomo said Tuesday he is eager to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games if he is picked as an overage player for the men's under-23 squad. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the 31-year-old Nagatomo said he is ready to ...