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The University of Tokyo's Hongo campus
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2024
University of Tokyo to launch new program with 50% foreign students
The course aims to nurture talent to lead efforts to resolve global issues such as climate change, a university source said.
Cote d'Ivoire's Max-Alain Gradel lifts the trophy after the team's victory over Nigeria in Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday
SOCCER
Feb 12, 2024
Cote d'Ivoire edges Nigeria to win Africa Cup of Nations
Cote d'Ivoire displayed a never-say-die attitude on the way to a win over Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Reiko Fuchigami is set to become the first female head of any of Japan's three judicial bodies of lawyers, prosecutors and judges.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 10, 2024
Japan's top bar association elects first female chief
The result will make Reiko Fuchigami the first woman to lead any of the country's three judicial bodies of lawyers, prosecutors and judges.
A Japanese medical team is planning a clinical study to temporarily transplant a pig's kidney into an unborn child with a severe kidney disease.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 6, 2024
Japan team plans pig kidney transplant for fetus with severe disease
The team, which includes the Jikei University School of Medicine, is seeking to apply for approval with a state-designated committee as early as this year.
Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee competes during the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
OLYMPICS / Figure skating
Jan 28, 2024
Russian skater Valieva's future rests on sports court's decision
Valieva's positive doping test ignited a scandal at the 2022 Winter Olympics when she was just 15 years old.
Ichiro Suzuki will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2025.
BASEBALL / MLB
Jan 25, 2024
Focus shifts to Ichiro's chances of unanimous selection to Hall of Fame
Ichiro will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2025.
Former Rangers star Adrian Beltre throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a World Series game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 28.
BASEBALL / MLB
Jan 24, 2024
Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton named to Baseball Hall of Fame
Beltre, Mauer and Helton will be inducted along with former manager Jim Leyland in a ceremony scheduled for July 21 in Cooperstown.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers a pitch during the 2009 MLB playoffs.
BASEBALL
Jan 19, 2024
Dodgers praise Kuroda for Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame induction
Kuroda won a total of 203 games in a career split between Japan and the major leagues from 1997 and 2016.
Motonobu Tanishige (left) and Hiroki Kuroda after being elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 18, 2024
Former pitcher Hiroki Kuroda elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
Kuroda was voted into the Hall of Fame alongside former catcher Motonobu Tanishige and former umpire Tomoichi Tanimura.
“Transfer to my Account” shows dozens of "furikomi" stubs from deposits that Yasuko Toyoshima made to her own bank accounts
CULTURE / Art
Jan 14, 2024
Yasuko Toyoshima creates delight from the quotidian
A new Tokyo exhibit of the conceptual artist’s works presents a cohesive worldview about the interaction between a life of rules and deviation.
Egypt's Hamdi Fathi chases after Senegal's Sadio Mane during the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon in February 2022.
SOCCER
Jan 7, 2024
Stars of African soccer descend on Ivory Coast for Cup of Nations
Sadio Mane's Senegal team is aiming to retain their title and Mohamed Salah is chasing a first trophy with Egypt at this year's Africa Cup of Nations.
A colorful coral reef made out of wool to raise awareness about climate change, at a museum in Baden-Baden, Germany, in January 2022
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Dec 31, 2023
The art world's big planetary problem
Over the last five years, it’s become increasingly clear to major art institutions in Japan and around the world that the sector has a sustainability issue.
Fans praised Nintendo for following up one of the best open-world games ever made with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a worthy sequel that introduced enough new mechanics to keep the experience fresh for players new and old alike.
CULTURE / 2023 in Review
Dec 22, 2023
Zelda was a gem among many in a crowning year for gaming
Japanese studios’ hits included: Street Fighter 6, remakes of Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4, and Super Mario Bros. Wonder, to name a few.
Idriss Diallo, president of Cote d'Ivoire's soccer federation, at Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in northern Abidjan
SOCCER
Dec 21, 2023
Africa Cup of Nations organizers confident no repeat of Cameroon tragedy
Cote d'Ivoire may be one of the heavyweights in African soccer but this will be only the second time the country hosts the tournament.
Seihan Mori, the chief Buddhist priest of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, writes the kanji character "zei," meaning "tax," with a calligraphy brush to announce the Kanji of the Year.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 15, 2023
Despite a taxing year, 2023's top kanji still draws questions
In a year of major crises around the world, Japanese voters pick the kanji for "zei," meaning "tax," based on a plan yet to be implemented.
A still from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
PODCAST / deep dive
Dec 14, 2023
Big in Japan 2023: Anime, Murakami and The Legend of Zelda
Our guests tell us why anime dominated in 2023, which books stood out among a lackluster crowd and why the Zelda franchise is experiencing a renaissance.
Seihan Mori, chief priest of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, writes "zei" (taxes), which was chosen on Tuesday as the kanji of the year.
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2023
Talk of taxes spurs choice for Japan’s kanji of the year
The choice came as tax hikes and cuts were heavily covered in the news and discussed among policymakers.
U.S. Marines stand by a transfer case during a repatriation ceremony for the possible remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during World War Two in the Republic of Kiribati, July 18, 2019.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 19, 2023
The bloody, 76-hour battle on a tiny atoll that helped end World War II
The Battle of Tarawa, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, took a heavy toll on American forces and led to outrage at home.
Students at Koshino Junior High School in Fukui Prefecture engage in a discussion with virtual transfer student Himawari-chan (on screen) during a lesson on disaster prevention on Sept. 19.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 19, 2023
Classroom avatar creating constructive conflict in small schools
Teachers say the Himawari-chan avatar encourages spontaneous thinking by speaking from the perspective of a student.
The crime scene following a stabbing near the University of Tokyo in January 2022
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2023
19-year-old gets prison term for stabbings near University of Tokyo
He was given an indeterminate sentence of six to 10 years for attacking two senior high school students and an elderly man.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation