National / Politics Nov 18, 2013

Newcomer defeats incumbent in Fukushima mayoral election

An independent newcomer won the Fukushima mayoral election Sunday, defeating the incumbent in a sign of public discontent over the local government's reconstruction efforts from the nuclear crisis at a Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Kaoru Kobayashi, 54, a former head of the Tohoku regional ...

Yoshida's ode to a distant Okinawan island

Film May 3, 2013

Yoshida's ode to a distant Okinawan island

by Mark Schilling

Many directors hit everything from the books to the streets in preparation for their next film, but for his second feature, “Tabidachi no Shima Uta — Jugo no Haru (Leaving on the 15th Spring),” Yasuhiro Yoshida went far further than most.