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Ceremonies mark start of Reiwa Era

May 1, 2019

Ceremonies mark start of Reiwa Era

Japan's imperial succession entered a key stage on Wednesday with ceremonies marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the throne, a day after his 85-year-old father abdicated as the first living Japanese monarch in over 200 years to do so. Emperor Naruhito | KYODO As a member of ...

A lifelong passion for water studies

May 1, 2019

A lifelong passion for water studies

by Eriko Arita

Emperor Naruhito, who ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday following the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito on Tuesday, is the first emperor who has studied outside Japan. He is known for his wide range of interests in foreign countries and also for ...

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 25, 2019

Festival features food, fun

The Festival de Camino a Latinoamerica, an event celebrating the 120th anniversary of the start of Japanese immigration to Bolivia, will be held in Tokyo's Odaiba district on May 3, 4 and 5. This annual festival is the second after last year's inaugural celebration, which ...

Conference explores halal's global growth

Apr 25, 2019

Conference explores halal's global growth

Drawing over 1,444 delegates from 56 countries, the 11th World Halal Conference (WHC) 2019 was successfully held on April 3 and 4 in Kuala Lumpur. Participants included government representatives, business leaders, halal industry players, entrepreneurs, scholars and stakeholders. Discussions highlighted various growth opportunities in ...

Culture, industry before a backdrop of scenic rice field

Apr 19, 2019

Culture, industry before a backdrop of scenic rice field

On Jan. 1, Niigata Port celebrated its 150th anniversary since opening. One of the first five ports in Japan open to foreign trade, business was active and Niigata's Kitamaebune ships transported a variety of both international and domestic goods and supplies to and from ...

World celebrates birth of Buddha together

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 18, 2019

World celebrates birth of Buddha together

Tens of thousands of people, including various dignitaries from Africa, celebrated the birth of Buddha on April 8 at Sampozan Muryojuji Temple, the head temple of the Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan, in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture. For a global commemoration of Buddha's birth, the date ...

Rejoicing in the birth of Buddha

General | NEWS AND NOTES Mar 28, 2019

Rejoicing in the birth of Buddha

Buddha's birth will be celebrated on April 8 at Sampozan Muryojuji Temple, the head temple of the Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan, in Kato, Hyogo Prefecture. The date was designated International Buddhist Day by supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 countries on five continents who gathered ...

Music program returns as a monthly broadcast

General | NEWS AND NOTES Mar 28, 2019

Music program returns as a monthly broadcast

"Songs of Tokyo," a program aired on NHK World-Japan and NHK General TV in 2017 and 2018, will begin airing monthly starting this spring. Shingo Murakami of Kanjani Eight will reprise his role as the program's host. "Songs of Tokyo" features renowned artists from different ...

Food options expanding for Japan-bound Muslims

Mar 25, 2019

Food options expanding for Japan-bound Muslims

There was a bit of a scrum outside Ajiran ramen house on Feb. 27, when around 30 media representatives and food buffs waited to sample the fare on offer at the newest noodle shop on the block in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Interestingly, there was no miso, ...