Washi paper from Nagano captures beauty of autumn leaves
OMACHI, Nagano Prefecture--Papermaker Shuichi Koshihara wows visitors to his workshop by adding a colorful fall-foliage motif to his traditional Japanese paper, but he says there is ...
Filmmakers realize Japanese-American monk's dream
YOKOHAMA--An animated short that echoes the life of a Japanese-American incarcerated in a U.S. internment camp who later became a Zen monk in Japan will start screening here this...
Banri Kaieda announces his resignation as head of the Democratic Party of Japan at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Weak opposition played heavily into LDP's hands, voters say in...
A lack of a viable opposition was the major factor behind the Liberal Democratic Party's decisive victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to three in four voters surveyed by The Asahi Shimbun.
Hokusei Gakuen University President Shinichi Tamura, left, and Tsunao Oyama, the head of Hokusei Gakuen School System, hold a news conference on Dec. 17 in Sapporo. (Kazuhiro Sekine)
Hokkaido university to extend contract of former Asahi writer of...
SAPPORO--A university that received threats against its students will extend the contract of a former Asahi Shimbun reporter who wrote articles about the “comfort women” issue.
Kyoto’s geisha, maiko learn how to ward off attackers
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U.S., Cuba suddenly patch long-torn relations in historic accord
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Retiring Ishihara to speak his mind 'until the day I die'
‘Ojisan’ balloon art captivates Tochigi residents from high...
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The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukui nuclear reactors move big step toward restarts
TAKAHAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama plant here became the second nuclear power facility to receive the virtual go-ahead to resume operations under tougher safety requirements introduced after the ...
Workers check the No. 1 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Dec. 16. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
Kansai Electric cites progress in prolonging lives of Takahama...
TAKAHAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Kansai Electric Power Co. showed progress in its plans to extend the operating lives of two aging reactors well beyond the normal expiry date of 40 years.
Power rates to reflect decommissioning costs even after...
J-Power applies for safety check of Oma nuclear plant under...
NRA head signals massive release of tainted water to help...
Soma festival video starring samurai girl captures pride of...
Elderly woman's death linked to 2011 disaster, court rules
Student peddling Fukushima air to revive interest in nuclear...
Alumni of tsunami-stricken school campaign for preserving damaged...
Character panels, posters and other "Yokai Watch"-themed decorations are set up at JR Kumamoto Station in Kumamoto. (Takeho Morita)
'Yokai Watch' characters 'hijack' JR Kumamoto Station
KUMAMOTO--Characters from the video game and anime franchise "Yokai Watch" have taken over JR Kumamoto Station here, with related posters, panels, stickers and other decorations spread around the facility.
Kudzu soup with fat oysters (Photo by Katsumi Oyama)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Enjoy tasty oysters cooked in delicate...
The warmth received while eating a bowl of kudzu soup with fat oysters is good for loosening up a body that has stiffened in the cold winter weather.
ANIME NEWS: 'Princess Kaguya,' 'Giovanni's Island' submitted for...
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Winning against fierce...
ANIME NEWS: Comiket accepting overseas fan entries for Otaku...
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Historic Kyoto shop brings back Junichiro Tanizaki book corner
Filmmaker captures essence of Tatsumi's 'gekiga' manga artistry
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's '3 arrows' represent...
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a movie theater in Atlanta on Dec. 17. (AP Photo)
Sony cancels 'The Interview' release amid terror hack threats
NEW YORK--Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25...
Kim Jong Un eyes Russia for first overseas stop as North Korean...
N. Korea marks end of 3-year mourning period for late leader Kim...
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, group...
A set of two individual seats used in “premium class” of a retired All Nippon Airways Boeing 747 that will be offered for sale this winter (Provided by ANA Trading Co.)
Air travel buffs get chance to own seats from ANA's iconic jumbo...
A limited number of seats from a "premium class" cabin of a retired All Nippon Airways Boeing 747 jumbo jet will be offered for purchase in an online lottery this winter.
Sportswear favored by Uniqlo 'ambassador' Nishikori to go on sale
Mizuho Bank, China’s Fujian province reach business cooperation...
Retailers woo foreign tourists with duty-free sections, other...
Stem cell researcher Masayo Takahashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nature names stem cell pioneer Takahashi as one of year's top 10...
The British scientific journal Nature has named Japanese stem cell researcher Masayo Takahashi as one of Nature's 10 people who mattered in 2014.
Much less snow likely in Japan if climate change continues
Drones surveying volcanoes to enhance disaster response
Detailed hospital search system for cancer patients goes online
Malala Yousafzai makes a speech on Dec. 10 at a party in Oslo to celebrate her winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. (Shiho Watanabe)
EDITORIAL: International support crucial for the fight against...
Regardless of the country in which they live, all children must be protected at any time. It is the responsibility of adults to protect them. Shockingly, however, children were the targets of a horrifying massacre in Pakistan...
VOX POPULI: Veteran NGO worker underscores impact of Japan’s...
EDITORIAL: Dismal voter turnout endangers representative democracy
VOX POPULI: 'Ultimate' eco-car edging toward affordability
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