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Wim Wenders (left) co-wrote the script for “Perfect Days” with top advertising creative Takuma Takasaki. Japanese star Koji Yakusho (right) won best actor at Cannes last year for his performance as the film’s protagonist, a taciturn toilet cleaner in Tokyo.
Feb 27, 2024
Oscar-nominated 'Perfect Days' is 'not about toilets,' Wenders says
The director's film about a taciturn cleaner who keeps Tokyo's public toilets spotless prompts reflections on urban solitude, community and growing older.
"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.
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift arrives for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 5, 2024
Taylor Swift makes Grammys history as women rule music's top honors
Winning for her album "Midnights," Taylor Swift has won the best album prize a total of four times, eclipsing Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
Director Toshihiko Tanaka (left) is pictured in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Feb. 2, after his film, "Rei," won the top Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Feb 5, 2024
Toshihiko Tanaka wins top prize for 'Rei' at Rotterdam film festival
The Japanese film "Rei" directed by Toshihiko Tanaka won the top Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, an annual event for up-and-coming filmmakers.
A man holds a poster for "The Boy and the Heron" at a movie theater in New Mexico in December.
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.
An Oppenheimer film poster at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York in July
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 24, 2024
'Oppenheimer' to be shown in Japan, eight months after meme outrage
The release date is almost eight months after memes mixing visuals from the film "Barbie" with atomic blasts provoked anger from people in Japan.
Naoya Inoue (right) throws a punch during his bout against Marlon Tapales in Tokyo last month.
Jan 19, 2024
'Monster' Inoue becomes first Japanese to win prestigious boxing award
"I only fought two bouts in Japan last year, but it's an honor to be recognized by boxing journalists around the world," Inoue said in a statement released by his gym.
Rie Qudan speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday after being awarded the Akutagawa Prize.
Jan 19, 2024
Akutagawa Prize draws controversy after win for work that used ChatGPT
Rie Qudan won Japan’s most important prize for early career writers for “Tokyo-to Dojo-to,” a novel that “exposes the prophecy of the AI generation.”
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.
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.
Japan's Naoya Inoue celebrates his victory over Marlon Tapales of the Philippines at Tokyo's Ariake Arena on Dec. 26.
Jan 6, 2024
Inoue wins Ring Magazine's Fighter of the Year award
The man nicknamed "Monster" stopped two-belt world champion Marlon Tapales of the Philippines last month to become just the second boxer to unify two divisions.
Shohei Ohtani is introduced at a news conference in Los Angeles on Dec. 14.
Dec 23, 2023
Ohtani named AP's male athlete of year for second time
The accolade is the latest among several for Ohtani in a year that saw him become Major League Baseball's first two-time unanimous league MVP.
Developed by Larian Studios, Baldur's Gate 3, a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired action-adventure role-playing game, is the consensus game of the year.
LIFE / Digital
Dec 16, 2023
Critical success: Baldur’s Gate 3 wins Game of the Year honors
First presented in 2014, the Game Awards decides on winners through a voting jury of the news media and input from players.
Koshiro Takeuchi (left) placed third in the violin category of the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris, while Miyu Kitsuwa took fifth.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 27, 2023
Japanese violinist takes third in international contest for young talent
Koshiro Takeuchi, 18, said he was "honored to win a prize in such a prestigious competition."
Peter Maurer, former president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, speaks in Bern on Monday.
Nov 3, 2023
Ex-Red Cross head among 103 foreigners decorated in Japan
Peter Maurer, a Swiss diplomat who served as ICRC chief from 2012 to 2022, will be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
 Novelist Keigo Higashino (right) and poet Machi Tawara
JAPAN / Society
Nov 2, 2023
Novelist Higashino and poet Tawara to receive Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor will be awarded to 684 people and 26 organizations this autumn, including novelist Keigo Higashino and poet Machi Tawara.
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi receives his 8th Ballon d'Or award during the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Oct 31, 2023
Messi wins record eighth Ballon d'Or for best player in the world
Inter Miami's Messi, who last won the award in 2021, played a pivotal role in guiding Argentina to its first World Cup title in 36 years last year.
Members of the Quartett Hana, including Japanese violinist Fuga Miwatashi (left) and Emiko Yuasa (right), perform during the string quartet final at the Geneva International Music Competition on Sunday.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 30, 2023
Three Japanese musicians win top prizes in Geneva quartet event
Two Japanese were among members of one of the string quartets placing joint second at the Geneva International Music Competition.
Samples of The Japan Times winning news coverage, recognized by the World Association of News Publishers Asian Media Awards.
Oct 20, 2023
Japan Times wins awards for breaking news and feature reporting
The Japan Times receives gold awards for breaking news coverage and feature writing at the World Association of News Publishers Asian Media Awards.
A screen shows this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry — U.S. chemists Moungi Bawendi and Chemist Louis Brus and Russian physicist Alexei Ekimov — during the announcement of the winners at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Wednesday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 4, 2023
Three win chemistry Nobel for work on quantum dots
Nanoparticles and quantum dots are used in LED lights and computer screens and can also be used to help guide doctors removing cancerous tissue.
Hans Ellegren, permanent secretary of the Royal Academy of Sciences, flanked by Eva Olsson and Mats Larsson, members, announces this year's Nobel Prize winners in physics, at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday..
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 3, 2023
Trio wins 2023 Nobel in physics for electron experiments
The award was given to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier for work “exploring the world of electrons inside atoms and molecules."


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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