Sculptor based in U.S. bags Hirakushi award

National Oct 7, 2013

Sculptor based in U.S. bags Hirakushi award

by Toshiki Makino

California-based sculptor Minoru Ohira has received this year's Denchu Hirakushi Award for his works employing materials such as construction waste and dead branches. Ohira is the first artist residing outside Japan to win the prestigious award, which was established in 1971 with funds donated by ...

Japanese movie wins major award at Montreal festival

National Sep 4, 2013

Japanese movie wins major award at Montreal festival

Director Mitsutoshi Tanaka's film "Ask This of Rikyu," about a medieval-era tea master, won this year's Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Montreal International Film Festival. "I was really surprised. I believe that the beauty of the story was appreciated by the overseas audience as ...

National Jun 7, 2013

Miura Award in works to honor adventurers who push the envelope

Japan will introduce the Miura Award to give credit to adventurers who have accomplished their dreams and goals regardless of age, after Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, last month became the world's oldest person to scale Mount Everest, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said ...

U.S. honors three Japanese-American women

National May 7, 2013

U.S. honors three Japanese-American women

Three Japanese-Americans — a long-time advocate of the two countries' friendship, an aspiring basketball coach and a psychology professor — are among 15 women of Asian or Pacific Island heritage honored at the White House as this year's Champions of Change.

New prize awards Yamanaka $3 million

National / Science & Health Feb 22, 2013

New prize awards Yamanaka $3 million

A U.S. foundation sponsored by top U.S. business executives said Wednesday it has selected 11 researchers, including Japanese stem cell researcher and Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka, as inaugural winners of the newly launched Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for their past achievements in the ...

Entertainment News Feb 18, 2013

Film chronicling Tohoku man's ordeal honored

A documentary about an elderly man's struggle and success in rebuilding his home after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami received a special mention Saturday at the 63rd Berlin international film festival. Directed by Kaoru Ikeya, "Senzo ni Naru" ("Becoming an Ancestor"), which has the ...