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Japanese Artist Jiro Takamatsu at The Armory Show

March 4, 2020

People look at paintings by Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu at The Armory Show, an annual art fair, in New York, New York, USA, Wednesday, 04 March 2020. The show features 20th- and 21st-century art presented by galleries from around the


EXCLUSIVE: DMAT Struggled on Quarantined Diamond Princess

February 22, 2020

Tokyo- Japanese doctor Hoei Hayashi has given a detailed account of the struggles of disaster medical assistance team, or DMAT, members aboard the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess. “There was no manual. It was incessant trial and error,” said Hayashi,


25 Years On: Young Woman Makes 1995 Kobe Quake Personal through Writing

January 17, 2020

Kobe- Young people without firsthand experience of the 1995 Kobe earthquake are learning to understand the threats of disasters on a personal level through writing articles about them for a special website. A total of 27 high school and university


EXCLUSIVE: Funeral Preparations Started 7 Years before Emperor Hirohito’s Death

December 29, 2019

Tokyo- Japan’s Foreign Ministry started preparations for the funeral of then Emperor Hirohito and held secret talks with the Imperial Household Agency on the matter in 1982, seven years before his death, according to recently declassified ministry records reviewed by


FOCUS: Pope’s Japan visit highlights gap over nuclear weapons

November 26, 2019

Tokyo–Pope Francis’ visit to Japan has highlighted the gap between Tokyo and the Vatican over nuclear weapons, although the two sides share the ultimate goal of abolishing nuclear arms. While the pope said that even nuclear deterrence should not be


Ex-UNHCR Head Ogata granted notable title

Ex-UNHCR Head Ogata granted notable title

November 19, 2019

Tokyo–The Japanese government Tuesday decided to grant the title of Junior Third Rank to Sadako Ogata, former U.N. high commissioner for refugees. Ogata was the first Japanese to hold the key U.N. post. She died Oct. 22. “She represented Japan


INTERVIEW: Japanese Cardinal Pins High Hopes on Pope’s Visit

November 18, 2019

Osaka- Japanese cardinal Manyo Maeda has voiced his strong hope for Pope Francis to issue a strong message for the total abolition of nuclear weapons during his visit to Japan on Nov. 23-26. “The pope is expected to say ‘no’


FOCUS: State funding for Daijosai rite draws criticism from experts

November 15, 2019

Tokyo–The Japanese government’s decision to finance the latest “Daijosai” key Imperial ceremony with state funds, as it did for the previous such event, has faced criticism from experts claiming the move was taken with undue speed in order to avoid