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Japan cancels MSDF port call in South Korea amid chilly ties

National Feb 5, 2019

Japan cancels MSDF port call in South Korea amid chilly ties

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it decided to cancel a port call by a helicopter carrier in South Korea this spring as relations between the two countries have been strained over alleged provocative acts by each of their militaries. Several Maritime Self-Defense Force ships including ...

Japan to allow online medication consultations with pharmacists from 2020

National Feb 5, 2019

Japan to allow online medication consultations with pharmacists from 2020

Pharmacists will likely be allowed to hold online consultations with patients about their medication from April 2020, reflecting the rising demand for in-home medical care among the country's rapidly graying population, officials said Tuesday. The central government already allows doctors to conduct online consultations, and ...

Editorials Feb 5, 2019

Another fatal case of child abuse

Similarly tragic consequences will be repeated until the relevant parties start responding in a manner that places utmost priority on the safety of children.

The actors hoping to save Kyoto University's Yoshida Dormitory

Stage Feb 5, 2019

The actors hoping to save Kyoto University's Yoshida Dormitory

by Nobuko Tanaka

Students and stage fans will see whether a hastily arranged series of performances of Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera" this weekend can break a decades-long standoff over the closure of Japan's oldest student dormitory: the wooden Yoshida ryō (Yoshida Dormitory) at Kyoto University. The Japanese-style ...

Gentaro Komaki: A pioneer of surrealism

Art Feb 5, 2019

Gentaro Komaki: A pioneer of surrealism

by Matthew Larking

Gentaro Komaki (1906-89), the son of a Kyoto Prefecture silk crepe wholesaler, lived a decadent youth of literature and philosophy, until seeing the work of Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy inspired to pursue surrealist art.

'Christian Boltanski: Lifetime'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Feb 5, 2019

'Christian Boltanski: Lifetime'

by Yukari Tanaka

Feb. 9-May 6 Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski was first recognized for short films he made in the late 1960s. He moved on to photography in the '70s, before working with light as a medium and creating installations during the '80s. Driven by an interest in cultural ...