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Tökyö Finds New Business Under The Tracks

TÖKYÖ — Redevelopment projects utilizing space beneath elevated railway tracks have been springing up around Tökyö in recent years, giving a fresh image to areas that had previously been used for warehouses and parking...
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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...
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Young Japanese Rally Against Controversial Security Bills

TÖKYÖ — Thousands of young people rallied throughout Japan on Aug. 23, protesting controversial security bills that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for passage in the current Diet session. Demonstrations and gatherings by...

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...
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Haruki Murakami’s New Essay Arrives In Bookstores

TÖKYÖ — Novelist Haruki Murakami’s newest essay, “Shokugyo Toshiteno Shosetsuka,” in which Murakami looks back on his life as a novelist, hit bookstore shelves across Japan on Sept. 10. This time, however, the book...
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Lafcadio Hearn Gallery Opens in Greece

LEFKADA, Greece — A gallery to commemorate works by writer Lafcadio Hearn, who devoted his life to introducing Japan to the West in the 19th century, opened recently in his birth town in western...

Four Japanese Writers Among 1964 Nobel Nominees

STOCKHOLM — Four Japanese writers, including novelists Junichiro Tanizaki and Yukio Mishima, were nominated for the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, according to documents released by the Swedish academy. The documents were released at the...
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Kodansha To Digitalize All Comic Magazines

TÖKYÖ  — Japanese publisher Kodansha Ltd. will start publishing digital editions of its 22 comic magazines by June. The magazines include the weekly and monthly editions of Young Magazine, Shonen Magazine and Magazine Special. Kodansha started...

Auschwitz Guide Strives To Enlighten Japanese Visitors

OSWIECIM, Poland – Takeshi Nakatani is the only Japanese-speaking docent at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which is dedicated to educating visitors about the Auschwitz death camps operated by the Nazis in World War...

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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