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42 articles published


Abe makes sales pitch for Fukushima sake at Davos

National Jan 24, 2019

Abe makes sales pitch for Fukushima sake at Davos

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a sales pitch for sake produced in Fukushima Prefecture. At the Japan Night event in Davos, Abe advertised Yamato no Kokoro, produced in Fukushima's Aizuwakamatsu from rice that ...

Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air

National Jan 24, 2019

Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air

The operation of Japan's oldest monorail line, located at a Tokyo zoo, will be suspended in November following a 62-year run, as the current vehicles are getting old, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. It was vague about whether the monorail runs at Ueno Zoological Gardens ...

National Jan 24, 2019

2020 Tokyo Olympics tops 200,000 volunteer applications

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games said Thursday that 204,680 applicants have now registered to be volunteers at next year's event. Last month they revealed 186,101 applications had been received. The increase was due to a one-month deadline extension for those with visual ...

Restaurants honor hotel's 30th anniversary

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jan 24, 2019

Restaurants honor hotel's 30th anniversary

Add another candle to the cake — the Royal Park Hotel is turning 30, and it's celebrating by putting together "Thank You Lunch & Dinner" courses at four of its restaurants. All courses run for the same discount prices (¥3,900 for lunches, ¥30,000 for dinners) ...

Three-day halal festival draws around 7,000

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jan 24, 2019

Three-day halal festival draws around 7,000

As part of an international movement to showcase Malaysia's largest halal expo, Halfest Malaysia, Japan kicked off Halfest Tokyo at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center, in Ota Ward, from Nov. 27 to 29 under the theme "Gateway to Japan Halal Food Market." The expo hosted 95 ...

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

TV | Wide Angle Jan 24, 2019

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

by Matt Schley

Over the past few years, there has been more mainstream recognition of the idea that discourse is better served when it is expanded outside the sole realm of heterosexual, white, cisgender men. That's true of major forums, and no less true when it comes ...

The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

Film Jan 24, 2019

The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

by Kaori Shoji

Iranian director Ida Panahandeh's fourth feature, "The Nikaidos' Fall," took her way beyond her comfort zone. She didn't speak Japanese nor had she ever visited the country, and yet there she was with a Japanese crew and cast, filming a story about the Japanese ...

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi dies at 66

Entertainment News Jan 24, 2019

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi dies at 66

Zimbabwe's most successful and internationally renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday after suffering from diabetes, ending a career that spanned four decades and 67 albums. The 66-year-old singer, affectionately known as "Tuku," died at a local clinic on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Information ...

Sumo 101: Koenkai

Sumo Jan 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Koenkai

by John Gunning

On the surface sumo generates income the same way as most other sports —through ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorships. While that's the case for the Japan Sumo Association on a macro level; individually, stables and wrestlers also rely on another source of funding — supporters ...