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Japan to donate 6,500 cherry trees to Britain

National Nov 27, 2019

Japan to donate 6,500 cherry trees to Britain

Japan will donate about 6,500 cherry trees to Britain as a symbol of their bilateral friendship, with a ceremony planned to plant some in Regent's Park in central London on Wednesday. The event was attended by various dignitaries and others including Prince Richard, Japanese Ambassador ...

JR East eyes introduction of 'walk-through' ticket gates in few years

National Nov 27, 2019

JR East eyes introduction of 'walk-through' ticket gates in few years

East Japan Railway Co. is looking to introduce walk-through ticket gates at stations that will enable passengers to access gates via a specialized smartphone application instead of carrying physical prepaid commuter passes, sources familiar with the plan said Wednesday. The company, also known as JR ...

Japan mulls expansion of pension coverage to include more part-time workers

Business Nov 27, 2019

Japan mulls expansion of pension coverage to include more part-time workers

The government is considering incorporating more part-timers into the employee pension program by requiring companies with smaller workforces to participate, according to government sources. Currently, companies with 501 or more employees must enroll in the kōsei nenkin program. Under the plan being considered, that threshold ...

Japan weighs plans to issue new licenses to export sake

Business Nov 27, 2019

Japan weighs plans to issue new licenses to export sake

The government and ruling bloc are discussing plans to allow the issuing of new licenses for the production of sake meant for export amid the growing popularity of the drink overseas, according to informed sources. New entries are effectively not allowed at present, but the ...

JR Central unveils tunnel for maglev shinkansen line

Business / Corporate Nov 27, 2019

JR Central unveils tunnel for maglev shinkansen line

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has unveiled the inside of a tunnel under construction in Gifu Prefecture for use as part of its ultrafast maglev train line, scheduled to go into service in 2027. A section of the Hiyoshi tunnel that is currently being ...

Political earthquake in Japan? Nope, just a drill

National Nov 27, 2019

Political earthquake in Japan? Nope, just a drill

Getting a large, cross-party group of lawmakers to act in unison may sound like a challenge, but during a Lower House earthquake drill on Tuesday, Diet members moved en mass, reaching under their seats to retrieve white, foldable helmets. Toshihiro Nikai (center right), secretary-general of ...

VW defends Xinjiang car plant after China internment camp cables

Business Nov 27, 2019

VW defends Xinjiang car plant after China internment camp cables

Volkswagen on Tuesday defended its car plant in Xinjiang, after leaked documents shed light on Chinese detention camps in the region holding over a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Volkswagen said in a statement it was "aware of the situation in the region" and ...

Business Nov 27, 2019

Bigeye tuna get 'modest' reprieve as fishing nations cut quotas

The world's major fishing nations have agreed "modest" quota cuts for the under-pressure Atlantic Bigeye tuna but critics say more should be done to protect an important food resource. Scientists warn that unless the catch is reduced, stocks of Thunnus obesus — especially prized for ...

Ryonosuke Shimomura: An eclectic rule breaker

Art / Events Nov 27, 2019

Ryonosuke Shimomura: An eclectic rule breaker

by Matthew Larking

At school, Ryonosuke Shimomura conceived art techniques that led one teacher to think he was color blind. Yet his unusual approach led him to become a principal of the Pan Real Art Association — Japan's influential avant-garde Japanese-style painting groups.

'Takumi Shinagawa Exhibition: Combination Form'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 27, 2019

'Takumi Shinagawa Exhibition: Combination Form'

by Yukari Tanaka

Nov. 30-Feb. 9, 2020 A graduate of a crafts and design high school in Tokyo in 1928, Takumi Shinagawa (1908-2009) first continued his studies under a Japanese goldsmith. In 1935, he began to learn printmaking from Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955), later experimenting in techniques, including photograms and ...

'Kenjiro Okazaki: Retrospective Strata'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Nov 27, 2019

'Kenjiro Okazaki: Retrospective Strata'

by Yukari Tanaka

Nov. 23-Feb. 24, 2020 Since his first solo exhibition in 1981, Kenjiro Okazaki has pursued various genres, including sculpture, painting, film, media arts, architecture, textiles, scenography, picture books and even drawing using robotic art. As a follow-up to his 2017 show, "Abstract Art as Impact" at ...