IN PICTURES: Japan says good night to 2018, good morning to 2019

National Jan 1, 2019

IN PICTURES: Japan says good night to 2018, good morning to 2019

Japan greeted 2019 — the year of the boar, according to the Chinese astrological calendar — Monday evening and Tuesday morning with traditional visits to both major and minor temples and not-so-traditional events, such as the massive one at the famous Shibuya Crossing, where thousands ...

Editorials Dec 31, 2018

Democracy is under assault

The lesson of 2018 is that democrats around the world must rethink the basic operating procedures of their societies if they are to combat the threat to them that is generated by the very openness that they cherish.

Celebrating New Year's the island way

Our Lives | JAPAN LITE Dec 30, 2018

Celebrating New Year's the island way

by Amy Chavez

On the small island where I live in the middle of Japan's Seto Inland Sea, new year celebrations are stalwart traditional. Preparations start a week before when the holiday spirit wafts in on sea breezes tinted with chilling temperatures. The island holds a community ...