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Crown Prince’s rise to 1st in line to throne proclaimed

Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Crown Prince Akishino’s rise to first in line to the throne was proclaimed in ceremonies at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace on Sunday, the last in a series of rites linked to Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement in May last year.     The Emperor proclaimed his 54-year-old younger brother’s ascent at the palace’s “Matsu-no-Ma” state room in the core….Read more

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Japanese public opinion divided over U.S. election

The U.S. presidential election has spurred many Japanese to take sides as either “pro-Trump” or “pro-Biden” on social networking sites (SNS). Heated words have been posted on SNS: “#I resolutely stand by President Trump!” or “#Mr. Biden must become next U.S. president!” The two camps have engaged in a heated war of words, with each side being zealous in its….Read more

  • November 5, 2020
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‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’: understanding the appeal of the blockbuster movie

In just 10 days since its release on October 16, the film has managed to gather ¥10 billion JPY ($95.7 million USD) in box office sales.    The immense hit by Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away, took 25 days ーmore than double the time — to achieve the same box office sales.   As of November 2, the Kimetsu no Yaiba box office revenue has….Read more

  • November 3, 2020
  • , Japan Forward , 4:55 p.m.
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Ex-EU leader among 141 foreigners to be decorated in Japan

Former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is among 141 foreigners recognized in this year’s autumn decorations for their contributions to relations with Japan, the government said Tuesday.   Juncker, 65, served as the head of the European Commission between 2014 and 2019, as well as prime minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. He will be bestowed with….Read more

  • November 3, 2020
  • , Asahi , Kyodo News , 5:07 a.m.
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Govt plans online support of Japanese cultural arts

The government is actively supporting the distribution online of videos of Japanese traditional arts, theatrical performances and concerts. Its aim is to help art and entertainment organizations whose live performances have been canceled or postponed amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, and establish new overseas distribution channels for Japanese cultural arts.   Kabuki and music concerts are among the….Read more

  • August 9, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 4:13 p.m.
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New Ainu center in Hokkaido hopes to revive language, culture

SHIRAOI, Hokkaido — A national center for Ainu culture opening Saturday in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, carries the hope of resurrecting the Ainu language, which UNESCO designated as a critically endangered language in 2009.   The Upopoy complex was built as the hub for the cultural revival of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. The complex includes the National Ainu Museum….Read more

  • July 10, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 4:53 p.m.
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Japan to forego process to pick World Heritage candidate

Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Cultural Affairs Agency said Monday it will refrain from recommending a site for UNESCO World Heritage designation in fiscal 2020.   The Cultural Affairs Council will not have enough time to determine a candidate site due to the coronavirus pandemic, agency officials said.   Usually, the council starts the candidate selection process in April and….Read more

  • June 29, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 10:57 p.m.
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Editorial: Wisdom must be applied to pass down tradition of festivals in Japan

Festivals and traditional folk culture across the country are in trouble because of the effects of the novel coronavirus. It is important to brainstorm so that these traditions will not disappear.   Three major festivals in the Tohoku region — the Aomori Nebuta Festival, the Akita Kanto Festival and the Sendai Tanabata Festival — have been canceled.   Many of….Read more

  • June 28, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 2:00 p.m.
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National Ainu museum unveiled in Japan’s northernmost prefecture

SAPPORO — The National Ainu Museum and Park, also known as Upopoy, was unveiled to the residents of Shiraoi, Hokkaido, on Tuesday.   The national facility dedicated to the history and culture of the Ainu indigenous people was scheduled to open on April 24, but the date was postponed twice due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Private viewings….Read more

  • June 9, 2020
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