Environment Dec 5, 2015

Taking the sting out of household infestations

The vast majority of telephone calls on household pests fielded by the Shibuya Ward Office's Public Hygiene Division in 2014 were not about rats, cockroaches or spiders but they involved something with a little more sting in its tail — hornets, wasps and bees. Of ...

Nuclear power — an issue so prominent, it glows in the dark

Art Nov 13, 2015

Nuclear power — an issue so prominent, it glows in the dark

Walking into Ken + Julia Yonetani's "Wishes" is like stepping into a bad dream. The room is illuminated by hanging chandeliers, their green light eerily flickering against black walls, as Disney's "It's a Small World" repeatedly plays in the background. This first Tokyo solo ...

Saitama's 'Little Edo' is big on Japan's colorful history

Travel Oct 10, 2015

Saitama's 'Little Edo' is big on Japan's colorful history

As my smartphone clock flashes from 11:59 a.m. to 12 p.m., I watch the visitors to Kawagoe, in Saitama Prefecture wipe the sweat from their foreheads and direct their attention toward a more primitive form of time keeping — the Toki no Kane (Bell ...

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

Music Jul 7, 2015

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

X Japan leader Yoshiki Hayashi announced Saturday that the group will be releasing its first album in 20 years. The drummer, who goes by Yoshiki, made the official announcement on Saturday at the 16th Japan Expo in Paris. It will be the group's first studio ...

American director reflects critically on U.S. bases in Okinawa

Film Jun 23, 2015

American director reflects critically on U.S. bases in Okinawa

The Battle of Okinawa ended 70 years ago on June 23, yet for some Okinawans the struggle continues as they resist the ongoing presence of the U.S. military. Although Okinawa was legally “returned” to Japan in 1972, U.S. bases still occupy nearly 18 percent ...

Rino Sashihara crowned amid tears and jeers at AKB election

Music Jun 8, 2015

Rino Sashihara crowned amid tears and jeers at AKB election

Tears of joy filled Fukuoka on Saturday as Rino Sashihara won pop group AKB48's 41st Single Election, but that didn't stop jeers from flooding online chat forums. Sashihara, who is a member of sister group HKT48, reclaimed the top spot at the senbatsu sōsenkyo (general ...