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Ayuko Kato, minister in charge of policies related to children, speaks during a Lower House budget committee session on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 28, 2024
Japan outlines bill for sex crime record checks by schools
Sex crime records would be checked for people applying to work and also for those who are already working.
"The Boy and the Heron" won the Animated Film prize at the 2024 British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 19, 2024
Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Boy and the Heron' wins BAFTA
The film also won the Animated Prize at the Golden Globes and is a nominee for Best Animated Feature at the U.S. Academy Awards.
The title monster in “Godzilla Minus One” is a threat, of course, but the real story is about finding community in the wake of destruction.
CULTURE / Film
Feb 3, 2024
‘Godzilla Minus One’ stomps into ‘Oppenheimer’ territory
Those movies, along with “The Boy and the Heron,” are essentially in conversation about the moral weight of American and Japanese actions in World War II.
A man holds a poster for "The Boy and the Heron" at a movie theater in New Mexico in December.
CULTURE / Film
Jan 24, 2024
Miyazaki anime and Godzilla film among Oscar nominees from Japan
An anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki and the latest Godzilla movie were among the Japanese films nominated for U.S. Academy Awards.
A cinema employee checks a display showing a digital poster (right) for Hayao Miyazaki's most recent film, "The Boy and the Heron," in Tokyo on July 14.
CULTURE / Film
Jan 8, 2024
Anime giant Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Boy and the Heron' wins Golden Globe
Miyazaki, an Oscar-winning animator, announced his retirement in 2013 after producing "The Wind Rises" but began making the full-length film in 2017.
Children take part in Christmas activities in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Saturday.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 25, 2023
Japan to open nursery places to all children by fiscal 2025
At the moment, typically only children from families where both the parents are working are admitted to day care.
In Hayao Miyazaki's films, characters often experience life-changing revelations in midair, such as Haku and Chihiro in "Spirited Away."
CULTURE / Film
Dec 19, 2023
How Hayao Miyazaki’s films continue to take us to the skies
When characters take flight in the films of the master animator, there is always a deeper meaning.
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking is set to buy Australian data manager Link Administration Holdings for 1.11 billion Australian dollars.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 18, 2023
MUFG to buy Australia’s Link in ¥106 billion deal
The unit of Japan’s largest bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, will pay AU$2.10 per share, a 23.5% premium to Friday’s closing stock price.
A supplied image of a leopard shown to research subjects and the image reconstructed by generative artificial intelligence using brain activity.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan scientists create world's first mental images with AI tech
The technology, dubbed "brain decoding," enables the visualization of perceptual contents based on brain activity.
While Hayao Miyazaki’s return to filmmaking, “The Boy and the Heron,” did not attain the ¥10 billion milestone that the beloved animator’s movies had once routinely surpassed, it debuted at the top of the North American box office and became the first original anime film to lead the box office in the United States and Canada.
CULTURE / Film / 2023 in Review
Dec 15, 2023
Japan’s auteurs and anime triumphed in 2023
From Hayao Miyazaki's “The Boy and the Heron” to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Monster,” the box-office hits kept coming.
A still from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
PODCAST / deep dive
Dec 14, 2023
Big in Japan 2023: Anime, Murakami and The Legend of Zelda
Our guests tell us why anime dominated in 2023, which books stood out among a lackluster crowd and why the Zelda franchise is experiencing a renaissance.
Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” received Golden Globes nominations for best animated motion picture and best original score for a motion picture this week.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 12, 2023
'The Boy and the Heron' and 'Godzilla Minus One' win over U.S.
While both Japanese films broke records at the North American box office, Hayao Miyazaki's latest also received two Golden Globes nominations.
A sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on July 6
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Dec 7, 2023
How AI fits into China's raft of global initiatives
The administration of President Xi Jinping has recently attached great importance to AI technology and is actively set on promoting it.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni
WORLD / Politics
Dec 7, 2023
Italy withdraws from China's Belt and Road initiative
The long-expected decision was quietly communicated to Beijing three days ago without any official announcement.
Hayao Miyazaki came out of retirement this year with “The Boy and the Heron,” which opened to critical acclaim and has so far earned ¥8.56 billion — a good showing but not enough to take the top spot at the box office for the year.
CULTURE / Film / 2023 in Review
Nov 30, 2023
The year that defined the post-Miyazaki era
The success of “Oshi no Ko,” “Detective Conan” and “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” proved that anime is the mainstream now.
Ayuko Kato, minister in charge of child policies. A group of children of Jehovah’s Witnesses have submitted a report to the Child and Family Agency detailing sexual abuse.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 28, 2023
Children of Jehovah’s Witnesses submit report detailing sexual abuse
The report said that the most common perpetrators of sexual abuse were “rank-and-file witnesses” and “elders.”
Experts discuss the planned the planned database of sex offense records, at the Children and Families Agency in Tokyo on Sept. 5.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 22, 2023
Japan database to cover over 10 years of sex crime records
The database will allow employers to check whether seekers of jobs involving contact with children have records of sex offenses.
Nepali security personnel stand guard at Pokhara International Airport in Pokhara, Nepal, ahead of the arrival of the first international flight from China on June 21.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 13, 2023
Nepal is investigating new airport made by China
A few engineers who had worked on the airport said that building quality had been compromised and that the project’s infrastructure was not sound.
The ¥100,000 financial aid comes hand-in-hand with consultation support that encourages expecting mothers to attend meetings in their municipalities throughout their pregnancy where they can ask for advice and information on childbirth.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 9, 2023
Japan's cash handouts for pregnant women to be made permanent in 2025
The plan entails handing out a total of ¥100,000 to all residents of Japan who are pregnant.
Shipping containers near the train station near the China–Laos border in Boten, Laos, on June 29. The Global Times, a newspaper backed by the China’s Communist Party, said the railway “connects hearts” and promotes development.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 7, 2023
China revamps lending to Global South as U.S. narrows spending gap
Beijing is moving away from the big bilateral deals in favor of collaborative lending that reduces its exposure to financial risk, a new report says.

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