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Abe vows Diet debate on amending Constitution

National / Politics Aug 13, 2019

Abe vows Diet debate on amending Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Tuesday to launch full-fledged Diet discussions on constitutional amendment. He was speaking after visiting the grave of his father, Shintaro Abe, who served as foreign minister during his political career. "I reported (to my father) that now is the time to ...

Japan likely to see fewer fireworks next summer due to Olympics

National Aug 13, 2019

Japan likely to see fewer fireworks next summer due to Olympics

People in Japan are likely to enjoy fewer firework displays next summer due to the commitment of security personnel and resources to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Organizers of fireworks events are already planning to cancel next year's shows or front-load the summer schedule ...

Editorials Aug 13, 2019

President Trump, we are confused

U.S. President Donald Trump must convince Japan and the world that he will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and that he remains committed to its allies in this part of the world.

Genta Ishizuka: Beneath and on the surface

Art Aug 13, 2019

Genta Ishizuka: Beneath and on the surface

by Matthew Larking

Contemporary urushi lacquerware artist Genta Ishizuka — winner of the 2019 Kyoto's Best Young Artist Award and Loewe Foundation Craft Prize — re-imagines the decorative beauty of traditional lacquer in unusual and sculptural pieces.

'Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 13, 2019

'Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 31-Oct. 20 Born in Ginza, Tokyo, Ryusei (Riusei) Kishida (1891-1929), the son of Kishida Ginko (1833-1905), a Meiji Era (1868-1912) journalist and pioneering businessman, is known to have established a unique style of modern painting in Japan. As a young, self-taught watercolor artist, Kishida was ...

'Nana Furiya Original Picture Book Drawings'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Aug 13, 2019

'Nana Furiya Original Picture Book Drawings'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 17-Sept. 22 After illustrating "Mekkira Mokkira Dondon" (1985), a children's picture book written by Setsuko Kasegawa, Furiya Nana began studying lithography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, in Slovakia, under Dusan Kallay, a printmaker, picture book writer and illustrator. Now based in ...

Remembering the staff of Kyoto Animation

Culture Aug 13, 2019

Remembering the staff of Kyoto Animation

by Matt Schley

Almost a month after the main studio of Kyoto Animation was set on fire, killing 35 and injuring many more, details of the victims are still emerging after police released the names of 10 workers on Aug. 2. We know so far that Junichi Uda, ...

Tempers flare in Lions' rout of Buffaloes

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Aug 13, 2019

Tempers flare in Lions' rout of Buffaloes

Shuta Tonosaki hit a three-run, first-inning home run, leading the Seibu Lions to an 11-4 victory over the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday that saw two ejections. With the Lions leading 5-1 in the third, the benches emptied momentarily after Seibu starter Hiromasa Saito hit Shunta ...

Barcelona officials travel to Paris for Neymar talks: reports

Soccer Aug 13, 2019

Barcelona officials travel to Paris for Neymar talks: reports

Barcelona officials headed to France on Tuesday for talks with Paris Saint-Germain to seal a return to the Spanish club for Brazilian star Neymar, reports said. The club's director for football, retired French international Eric Abidal, and two other top club officials few to Paris ...

Jose Luis 'Tata' Brown, 1986 World Cup hero, dies at 62

Soccer Aug 13, 2019

Jose Luis 'Tata' Brown, 1986 World Cup hero, dies at 62

World Cup winner Jose Luis Brown, who scored Argentina's opening goal in the 1986 World Cup final against West Germany, has died at the age of 62, local media reported on Monday. The country's football association confirmed the former central defender's death in a tweet, ...

Dutch star Sneijder calls it a career

Soccer Aug 13, 2019

Dutch star Sneijder calls it a career

The Netherlands' most-capped player Wesley Sneijder announced on Monday his retirement from soccer, bringing down the curtain on a trophy-laden career that spanned 17 years. The 35-year-old, who played 134 times for his country, made the announcement while speaking to the YouTube channel of his ...