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With new 777 on the way, time runs out on government's 747 for VIPs

National Jan 8, 2019

With new 777 on the way, time runs out on government's 747 for VIPs

The government's official aircraft for VIPs will be decommissioned at the end of March after carrying prime ministers and Imperial family members for a quarter of a century. The jet has also been used for international assistance and humanitarian support activities, traveling to 100 countries ...

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

National Jan 8, 2019

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

by Ayano Shimizu

Despite the workload and responsibility, being a giant panda breeder at a zoo is something 37-year-old Kimiyo Shintani takes great pride in. Shintani's day centers around six giant pandas, including a 4-month-old female cub, kept at the Adventure World amusement park in the small resort ...

'Architectural and Spatial Works Designed for Children'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 8, 2019

'Architectural and Spatial Works Designed for Children'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 12-March 24 When the modern education system in Japan was established during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the first school facilities were architecturally based on Western-style buildings. Throughout the ages, schools developed to steel-reinforced concrete buildings, with the introduction of open-classroom teaching during the 1970s. This ...

'Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 8, 2019

'Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 11-March 24 Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), a scholar who specialized in the philosophy of religion, was also a theorist and aesthetician credited for spearheading the mingei (Japanese folk crafts) movement. He is recognized as one of the first people to acknowledge the beauty and skill ...

'La Caricature is Here!'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jan 8, 2019

'La Caricature is Here!'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 12- Feb. 24 On Nov. 4, 1830, the first issue of Caricature, edited by Charles Philipon (1800-61), was published in Paris. The groundbreaking weekly magazine, which launched after the July Revolution, was originally a simple publication of illustrations. However, it quickly adopted a political ...

Pelicans star Anthony Davis overwhelms Grizzlies in rout

Basketball / NBA Jan 8, 2019

Pelicans star Anthony Davis overwhelms Grizzlies in rout

Anthony Davis had little to say about his latest dunk-filled scoring outburst. He even shrugged off his seldom-seen "Shammgod" crossover dribble that stunned the Grizzlies, delighted the crowd and set up his thunderous driving dunk. The Pelicans' perennial All-Star was more eager to highlight an ...

Marinos star Yuji Nakazawa to retire

Soccer / J. League Jan 8, 2019

Marinos star Yuji Nakazawa to retire

Yokohama F. Marinos defender Yuji Nakazawa, who played in two World Cups for Japan, has decided to retire, the J. League first division side announced Tuesday. The 40-year-old center back played for Japan at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2010 edition in South ...