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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
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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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Editorial: Japan’s World Heritage sites require fine balance of preservation and use

It is welcome news that rare remains, symbolizing humans’ coexistence with nature for more than 10,000 years, as well as rich ecosystems that represent Japan, are being recognized as common assets of humanity.   Archaeological sites in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region dating to the ancient Jomon period, including the Sannai Maruyama site in Aomori Prefecture, are set to….Read more

  • May 28, 2021
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New film ‘Along the Sea’ focuses on exploitation of foreign trainees

By Akiko Suzuki, staff writer   “Along the Sea” follows the lives of three Vietnamese women who escape from an exploitative workplace, aiming for a realistic portrayal of the perils many foreign technical trainees face while working in Japan.   The docudrama is built on gritty realism and was based on a true story.   About half of the trainees currently….Read more

  • May 23, 2021
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Museum about history of Japanese in N.Y. opens online

New York, May 21 (Jiji Press)–An online museum introducing photographs and documents of Japanese and Japanese Americans in New York was launched to pass down their history to future generations.     The Digital Museum of the History of Japanese in New York opened with its website allowing visitors to view some 100 items that were collected through the cooperation of….Read more

  • May 22, 2021
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US appetite for Japanese movies and TV grows during lockdown

By Mirrian Zhou, staff writer   NEW YORK — After more than a year of binge-watching their way through the coronavirus pandemic, American audiences still cannot get enough of Japanese shows and movies.   That is according to a recent report by Parrot Analytics and media consultancy Global Connects, which shows Japanese-language content outperforming all other non-English offerings.   Animated….Read more

  • May 22, 2021
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If Japan studies decline in the U.S, so will Japan’s global presence

By Prof. Kiyoteru Tsutsui, director of Japan Program at Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University    A while ago, there were influential Japan scholars in the U.S. who exerted an impact on formulation of U.S. public opinion and policy toward Japan. More recently, however, the number of Japan scholars is declining, while those who study China are on the rise. What are the implications of this phenomenon?    Japan scholars are disappearing from U.S. university   campuses. In 2019, the Association for Asian Studies sponsored an academic….Read more

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Noted scriptwriter Hashida dies at 95

Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)–Japanese scriptwriter Sugako Hashida, known internationally for the 1980s television drama series “Oshin,” died of acute lymphoma Sunday morning. She was 95.   Hashida, whose real name was Sugako Iwasaki, died at her home in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan. There will be no funeral or farewell party, in accordance with her dying wishes.   She….Read more

  • April 5, 2021
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‘Criminal’ to keep creating nuclear waste, Ryuichi Sakamoto says

Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto said artists should serve as the “canary in the coal mine” that alerts the public to dangers early.   The world-famous artist was involved in the anti-nuclear campaign even before the atomic crisis began unfolding at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant on March 11, 2011.   Born in 1952 in Tokyo, Sakamoto started the….Read more

  • March 11, 2021
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Hokkaido Ainu release video featuring traditional performances to present the culture to the world

SAPPORO — Hoping to further promote Ainu culture on the world stage, performers of traditional Ainu dances and music have produced a promotional video with the aim of having it shown at various events planned for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer.   The Hokkaido prefectural government and the Ainu Association of Hokkaido led the production of the video,….Read more

  • February 28, 2021
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