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Conductor Seiiji Ozawa Conducts in Europe

ROLLE, Switzerland — For the first time in about three years, Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa picked up his baton to lead a group of young string players from the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in...

Book on “Sugihara Survivors” Published in English

TÖKYÖ — A former official of the Japan National Tourism Organization has released an English-language version of his research on the wartime escape of Jews from Nazi persecution via Japan. Akira Kitade, 70, published his...

Bluefin Tuna Sells for 4.5 Million Yen at Tōkyō Auction

TÖKYÖ  — The first fish auction of 2015, held Jan. 5 at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tōkyō, saw a bluefin tuna sell for 4.51 million yen, or roughly $37,934. That breaks down to...
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Japan House Centers To Be Set Up In London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo

TÖKYÖ — In an effort to popularize Japanese culture, technology and diplomatic stances abroad, Japan’s Foreign Ministry is hoping to establish Japan House communication centers in London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, beginning in...

Himeji Castle Reopens Following Five-Year Restoration

KÖBE — After five and a half years under wraps, restoration of the 17th-century Himeji Castle has finally been completed. A government celebration ceremony was held at the UNESCO — United Nations Educational, Scientific...

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS RELATED TO JAPAN’S SECURITY POLICY

Photo Credit: DW.DE TÖKYÖ — The following is a chronology of major events related to Japan’s security policy. August 1945: Japan surrenders unconditionally in World War II after U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. May 1947:...
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New Nagasaki Monument Commemorates Pows

NAGASAKI — A monument to commemorate prisoners of war who died in a World War II prison camp in the southwestern Japan city of Nagasaki was unveiled on Sept. 13, with a former POW...
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Apparel Industry To Label “Genuine” Japan-Made Items

TÖKYÖ  — Japan’s apparel industry will begin placing a special tag on “genuine” Japan-made clothing in an effort to promote items made by “highly skilled” Japanese workers. Industry sources said the move, which was...

Tökyö Ward OK’s Same-Sex “Partnerships”

TÖKYÖ — One of Tökyö’s major wards has become Japan’s first municipality to adopt a draft ordinance enabling it to issue certificates recognizing same-sex relationships as being almost equivalent to marriage. The ordinance approved by...
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Hitachi Develops Two-Armed Warehouse Robot

TÖKYÖ — Hitachi Ltd. has unveiled a prototype double-arm robot that can pick up various types of goods from shelves and pack them into boxes for the eventual automation of warehouse work. The robot, which...

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