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Japanese abbot appeals for return of stolen statue at S. Korean court

Daejeon, South Korea, June 15 (Jiji Press)–The abbot of a Japanese temple appeared in a court in South Korea on Wednesday, appealing for the early return of a Buddhist statue stolen by a South Korean theft group in 2012.   At Daejeon High Court, the abbot, Setsuryo Tanaka, 46, claimed that the Buddhist statue belongs to the temple in Tsushima,….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
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Japan’s Hara tops U.S. ballet contest for young dancers

New York, April 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Asuka Hara, 11, has won the first place in the pre-competitive division at the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition for young dancers.     In the announcement Tuesday of the final-round results of the contest held in Tampa, Florida, the girl from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, received “Hope Award” for the best dancer….Read more

  • April 20, 2022
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Art exhibition featuring comfort women statue opens in Tokyo

Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)–An art exhibition featuring a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women opened in Tokyo on Saturday.   The “Non-Freedom of Expression Exhibition,” held at the Kunitachi Community Arts Center in the city of Kunitachi, western Tokyo, was heavily guarded by police officers as protesters caused a commotion near the venue.   The exhibition, which….Read more

  • April 2, 2022
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Editorial: Young director demonstrated the power of Japanese films

The world’s most prestigious film awards have recognized a Japanese director in his 40s for his meticulous script and distinctive approach to directing. This is good news that will stimulate and energize the Japanese film industry.   At the 94th Academy Awards, “Drive My Car,” directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, won the Oscar for International Feature Film, formerly known as the….Read more

  • March 29, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Cabinet endorses nomination of Sado gold mine as UNESCO World Heritage site

All broadcasters highlighted the Kishida Cabinet’s approval this morning of the GOJ’s plan to nominate the Sado gold mine in Niigata for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites for 2023, saying that the recommendation will be forwarded to the UN agency later today. As UNESCO has been calling for dialogue between relevant countries when nominating candidate sites, the….Read more

  • February 1, 2022
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Under pressure from LDP, Kishida nominates Sado mines as World Heritage site

By Konishi Hiroshi, Jingu Momoko in Tokyo, and Suzuki Takuya in Seoul   On Jan. 28, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced that he will nominate the remains of gold and silver mines on the island of Sado in Niigata Prefecture for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Kishida had been leaning toward not nominating the mines but changed….Read more

  • January 29, 2022
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Vox Populi: Chie Nakane’s grim assessment of Japan society still valid today

Many citizens were deeply dismayed by the 1945 radio broadcast of Emperor Hirohito’s declaration of Japan’s defeat in World War II. But Chie Nakane was not.   Then a second-year student at Tsuda Juku Senmon Gakko (present-day Tsuda University), Nakane was overjoyed that she no longer had to be awakened at night by air raid alerts. To celebrate, she shed….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Museum to launch investigation into cultural assets taken overseas at time of Battle of Okinawa

A temple bell that was taken to the U.S. after the Battle of Okinawa has been returned to Okinawa for the first time in 76 years. It is not known when or where the bell was made or where it used to hang. Valuable cultural assets were either destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa or they were lost after being….Read more

  • November 4, 2021
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Ex-U.S. envoy Kennedy among foreign recipients of Japan decorations

Tokyo– Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, is one of 124 foreigners recognized in this year’s fall decorations for enhancing friendship with Japan, the Japanese government said Wednesday.   Kennedy, 63, who served as U.S. envoy from 2013 to 2017, will be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order….Read more

  • November 3, 2021
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Japan mulls lending statue of famed Chinese Zen master to China

BEIJING – Japan is considering temporarily lending a statue of a famous Chinese Zen master to China in a goodwill gesture as next year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.   The move is intended to help improve Sino-Japanese relations through cultural exchanges, at a time when the two….Read more

  • November 2, 2021
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