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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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SECURITY > Okinawa

Editorial: Top court ruling underscores the separation of church and state

The Supreme Court on Feb. 24 ruled that the Naha city government violated the constitutional separation of politics and religion by allowing a Confucian temple to use public land at no cost.    The temple is devoted to Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher who founded a system of thought and behavior known as Confucianism.   The Constitution says, “The state….Read more

  • February 26, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Rikuzentakata boat leads to sister city ties . . . and cheese

Crescent City, CA — A long-established cheese manufacturer in Crescent City, California, is handcrafting a new cheese using salt from Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. The two cities developed ties after a Rikuzentakata boat washed ashore in Crescent City after having been swept out to sea by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This city-to-city friendship has gone from….Read more

  • February 22, 2021
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Former U.S. diplomat continues to spread the wonders of haiku

WASHINGTON — Abigail Friedman, 64, worked as a diplomat in charge of North Korean issues at the U.S. Embassy in Japan from 2000 to 2003. She was intensely busy, juggling work and raising three small children. “Maybe I wanted to have some time to take a break away from work and family,” she says.

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Embassies in Japan hold public relations events that avoid the 3C’s

By Minako Yamashita   Embassies in Japan usually are busy with parties and events during the year-end and New Year holidays. But embassies could not invite the public or hold events attended by many people for Christmas and the New Year holidays because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid many restrictions, embassies tried new ways to convey messages to cultivate an….Read more

  • January 20, 2021
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