Producer Itsuro Yamaguchi is currently filming a documentary on the 58th National Peace March against A and H Bombs. (Motooki Hayasaka)
Producer comes out of 26-year hiatus to film peace documentary
Itsuro Yamaguchi first became involved in producing movies about the terrors and tragedies caused by nuclear weapons when he was in his 20s.
Shunsuke Tsurumi in 2005 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shunsuke Tsurumi, philosopher and leading anti-war activist, dies at 93
Shunsuke Tsurumi, a liberal philosopher who led postwar peace movements and protests against the Vietnam War, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Kyoto on July 20, his eldest son said July 24. He was 93.
Asako Hoshino (Photo by Miho Tanaka)
Hoshino paves the path for women as trailblazing executive for Nissan
The first female senior vice president at Nissan Motor Co. took up her post in April, even though she admitted she had zero experience selling cars.
Shinichi Okamoto with some of the instruments he created in Sayo, Hyogo Prefecture (Masao Nakamura)
Meet the architect who is strictly DIY, but creating musical instruments
SAYO, Hyogo Prefecture--Shinichi Okamoto likes talking trash; even better, rooting around in it.
Nobel laureate physicist Yoichiro Nambu during a lecture at Osaka University (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nobel laureate physicist Yoichiro Nambu dies at 94
Yoichiro Nambu, a Japan-born U.S. physicist who introduced innovative theories in elementary particle physics and the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008, died of an acute heart attack on July 5. He was 94.
At his home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, Yohachi Nakajima shows a banner his birth mother was holding when he arrived at Maizuru port in Kyoto Prefecture on a repatriation ship in 1958. It reads, "Welcome back, Yohachi Nakajima." (Maki Okubo)
Japanese infant left in China at war's end honors adoptive parents in memoirs
Left behind in China at the end of World War II after choosing a local woman over his Japanese birth mother, Yohachi Nakajima gives tribute to his adoptive parents and other Chinese in his memoirs.
Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan (Photo by Eiji Hori)
Biracial Miss Universe Japan calls for acceptance of children of mixed marriages
When Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan in March, she had been well-prepared growing up for the vitriol that would follow what should have been her breakthrough triumph.
Filmmaker Yoji Yamada and actress Sayuri Yoshinaga share a moment during filming of their movie on the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki at the Kurosaki church in the city on July 10. (Ryo Ikeda)
Film heavyweight takes megaphone in Nagasaki to complete 'war trilogy'
NAGASAKI--Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada is producing a movie about the atomic bombing of Nagasaki to fulfill a playwright’s last wish to complete a trilogy on three Japanese regions devastated during World War II.
Takako Ishimitsu poses with a furry friend at her "Cafe Neko" in Vienna. (Franz Pfluegl)
Cat cafe owner brings touch of Japanese feline culture to Vienna
VIENNA--Takako Ishimitsu lost two of the most precious things in her life after she moved to Austria's historic capital--her dream to become a professional pianist, and then her beloved Austrian husband.
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Co. president (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Popular Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies of cancer
Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died July 11 of a bile duct tumor, the company said on July 13. He was 55.
Sakari Momoi holds the certificate from Guinness World Records certifying him as the world’s oldest man on Aug. 20, 2014. (Pool)
The world's oldest man dies in Japan, aged 112
Sakari Momoi, who was recognized as the world’s oldest man and credited healthy eating and getting plenty of sleep for his longevity, has died at the age of 112, Japanese media said on July 7.
Glenn Wakai with his birth mother, Yoko Boughton (Provided by Glenn Wakai)
Hawaii state senator meets birth mother after almost half a century
State Senator Glenn Wakai of Hawaii was given up by his teenage birth mother for adoption 47 years ago, but a number of unique circumstances led to their reunion.
Brian MacDuckston poses with a bowl of his favorite ramen at Gamushara in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in May. (Susumu Sakamoto)
American ramen fanatic publishes book of Tokyo's top noodle joints
An American expat has reached a milestone in his quest for the perfect ramen dish by publishing a guidebook featuring reviews of his top 50 noodle shops in Tokyo.
Tokusaburo Takakura binds up sorghum to produce his company's trademark "Nanbu Houki" brooms at a workshop in Kunohe, Iwate Prefecture. (Naoaki Terasawa)
Iwate father and son hoping for clean sweep with handcrafted brooms at Japan Expo
KUNOHE, Iwate Prefecture--Just as Nanbu Tekki ironware from Iwate Prefecture is globally popular, a father and son from this small village could start cleaning up across the world with their high-end “Nanbu Houki” brooms.
Sri Lankan monk Thalangalle Somasiri shows the Shinhalese version of volumes 1 and 2 of “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen) at Lankaji temple in Katori, Chiba Prefecture. (Ko Iwaki)
Buddhist monk promotes peace through release of anti-nuclear manga in Sri Lanka
With his home country of Sri Lanka having been embroiled in decades-long conflicts, Thalangalle Somasiri felt moved after reading the manga series “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen), which depicts the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Video footage of Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, the parents of North Korean abductee Megumi Yokota, was filmed by Nobumichi Tanabe. (Provided by Nobumichi Tanabe)
Tokyo man captures parents' decade-long crusade to rescue daughter from N. Korea
For the past 10 years, Nobumichi Tanabe has trained his video camera on Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to chronicle their quest to bring their daughter Megumi back to Japan.
Yoko Hayashi (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
U.N. panel leader's long road for equal rights
Even as a teenager, Yoko Hayashi was never shy about challenging the traditional norms in Japanese society.
Toshiro Mifune in the 1961 Akira Kurosawa film "Yojimbo" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toshiro Mifune to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
SAN FRANCISCO--Japanese movie star Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997) will join the ranks of globally renowned legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced June 22.
Psychologist Minako Fujiki giving a lecture at a women's shelter in Osaka (Mari Endo)
Victim of domestic violence turns psychologist to help scarred women
OSAKA--A woman who suffered repeated domestic violence while growing up and again in married life is now a psychologist reaching out to others through lectures and seminars.
Ayumi Uekusa works out along with current members of the Teikyo University karate team. (Shiro Nishihata)
Fresh face packs a wallop in campaign to include karate at 2020 Tokyo Games
At first, Ayumi Uekusa hesitated about becoming the public "face" of karate's bid to become a medal sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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