Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

Music Feb 5, 2017

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

by Chiho Iuchi

Classical music has always been a big part of Ikuo Nakajima's life. He never became a professional trumpeter, opting instead to become a managing engineer, but that hasn't stopped him from performing. "There's an excitement that only an amateur orchestra can create," says the 58-year-old, ...

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

Music | Japan Nov 16, 2016

Orchestra from Jerusalem to tour Japan

by Chiho Iuchi

Classical music fans in Japan are set for a treat when the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducts its first tour of this country from Nov. 19 through Dec. 4. Throughout its 80-year history as a leading orchestra, the JSO has played a crucial role in shaping ...

Editorials Oct 19, 2011

Preparing for future disasters

Following discussions in the wake of the March 11 quake and tsunami, an experts' panel of the Central Disaster Management Council submitted its final report to post-disaster reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano in late September. The report called on the central and local governments to ...

Commentary Jun 18, 2009

Kim's defiance raising the stakes

by Michael Richardson

North Korea has confirmed the worst suspicions of those who fear the destabilizing consequences of nuclear proliferation by announcing that it will become a full-fledged nuclear state, able to build both uranium and plutonium bombs and fit them to the nose cones of its ...

Commentary May 29, 2009

China closing energy deals while oil is cheap

by Michael Richardson

SINGAPORE — Cash-rich China is using a period of relatively low oil prices to improve its energy security and ensure that its economy has the oil-based fuels needed to sustain growth when recovery from the slump takes hold. Should Japan, which is currently far more ...