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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
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:43 p.m.
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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
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 25
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SOCIETY > Culture

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
  • , Asahi , Kyodo News , p. 21, 5:00 a.m.
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SOCIETY > Culture

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
  • , Kyodo News , 2:12 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Culture

Sake brewing to be registered as intangible cultural asset

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government panel Friday advised culture minister Shinsuke Suematsu to register a traditional way of making sake using “koji,” a type of fungus, as an intangible cultural asset under a new system.   The Council for Cultural Affairs, under the education and culture ministry, also recommended a traditional technique for the “shodo” art of Japanese….Read more

  • October 15, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:59 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Culture

Countries show creativity in showcasing their culture amid pandemic-hit Olympics

Countries participating in the Tokyo Olympics have been setting up “Olympic houses” in Tokyo since late July to promote their countries. Though the houses are smaller in scale than those of past Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the countries are getting creative and receiving visitors by taking thorough anti-infection measures and going online instead of opening physical houses.  ….Read more

  • July 27, 2021
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 11
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SOCIETY > Culture

‘Golgo 13’ tops Guinness World Record for most manga

By Kuroda Keiko, staff writer   Guinness World Records announced that “Golgo 13” set a new global benchmark for most volumes of a single manga series when its 201st volume was published July 5.   The “gekiga” (dramatic pictures) comic series by Takao Saito surpassed Osamu Akimoto’s “Kochikame: Tokyo Beat Cops,” which earned the ranking in 2016.   “Golgo 13”….Read more

  • July 29, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:10 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Culture

Japan vows to help Ainu culture to be shared widely

Shiraoi, Hokkaido, July 17 (Jiji Press)–Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato pledged Saturday that the Japanese government will ramp up efforts to help Ainu culture to be shared more widely. “We will work to provide better content and strengthen publicity activities so that people can experience the greatness of Ainu culture and empathize with the ideal of ethnic harmony,” Kato said….Read more

  • July 17, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 12:45 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL

Taiwan-born novelist Li Kotomi nabs Akutagawa Prize

By Yamazaki Satoshi, staff writer   Li Kotomi from Taiwan was awarded the prestigious Akutagawa Prize on July 14 for her Japanese-language novel “Higanbana ga Saku Shima” (The island where red spider lilies bloom).   Li, 31, became the second novelist whose native language is not Japanese to receive the honor following Yang Yi, who won the literary prize in….Read more

  • July 15, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:01 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Controversial art exhibition to open in Tokyo on June 25

An art exhibition that sparked controversy for featuring a statue symbolizing “comfort women” roughly two years ago will open in Tokyo on June 25, the organizers said Thursday.   The exhibition titled “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’” opened on Aug. 1, 2019 as part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 in the central Japan city of Nagoya, but it was closed three….Read more

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