Masatoshi Chino

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Tapes are back with a boom

Oct 1, 2017

Tapes are back with a boom

Along with vinyl's recent resurgence, another throwback from the 1970s is gaining popularity in the digital age: the boombox portable music player. While radio-cassette players are viewed with nostalgia among older generations, they represent something new and fresh for young people, even if the machines ...

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

Dec 19, 2013

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

Daigo Ishibashi, 40, got a lump in his throat when the Tottori Prefectural Assembly passed a groundbreaking sign language promotion ordinance in early October, the first of its kind in Japan. "I felt proud. It was a historic day," Ishibashi, secretary-general of the Tottori association ...