April 24, 2014
With the U.S. president in town and inevitable traffic snarls, it's not surprising that Yuzuru Hanyu was late for his own news conference on April 24.
April 21, 2014
When an elderly gentleman walked into his liquor store in 1976 and asked the location of a nearby historical marker, Takeo Asaumi had no interest in the Namamugi Incident, in which samurai killed a Briton, igniting a war.
April 21, 2014
SENDAI--In a room littered with toys in a building outside JR Sendai Station, the headquarters of the Children's Grief Support Station, children are often hesitant to enter, but the NPO's director, Masahiro Nishida, does not pressure them.
April 18, 2014
International best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami shows no signs of slowing his creative output, and lately, he even has been keeping his readers up late.
April 15, 2014
WASHINGTON--Thousands of visitors came out to view the cherry blossoms in full bloom along the Potomac River, marking the end of a long winter.
April 13, 2014
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the fifth of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” commentaries.
April 12, 2014
Window-shoppers strolling by a Takashimaya department store in Tokyo might be surprised if they peek inside: Frozen in place in the lobby of the venerable department store is Mao Asada.
April 07, 2014
The World Boxing Council (WBC) awarded an honorary championship belt to Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who was recently released from prison after spending decades on death row.
April 05, 2014
WASHINGTON--Portraits painted by former U.S. President George W. Bush of world leaders he encountered during his eight-year presidency go on display April 5 in Dallas at his presidential library.
April 04, 2014
Talking Ally is little more than a camera lens set in the middle of an oval. But this robot has a bit of an attitude.
March 30, 2014
Editor's note: Shinji Inada, former Paris bureau chief of The Asahi Shimbun, originally wrote this article for The Asahi Shimbun Digital website to depict the literary and culinary links between internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and a Spanish town.
March 26, 2014
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, noted for his airy modernist designs and humanitarian work, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the top award in the field, organizers said.
March 25, 2014
Children's book author Nahoko Uehashi won the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award, the literary equivalent of getting the Nobel Prize.
March 23, 2014
The failure to find a job and get into graduate school has led one Japanese man to embrace a life of helping former sufferers of leprosy in China improve their lives.
INTERVIEW/ Norihiro Kato: 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' is an imperfect work but one of Haruki Murakami's most important
March 16, 2014
Editor's note: This interview is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
March 16, 2014
Shigeaki Hinohara has used a sad experience from nearly a century ago to write his first book for children.
March 12, 2014
Munemasa Takahashi has restored and returned 340,000 photos that were washed away by the 2011 tsunami to their rightful and grateful owners.
March 11, 2014
Jean LeBeau is happiest when he is mingling with the down-and-out in Tokyo’s rundown Sanya, once a bustling district of day laborers.
March 08, 2014
In the suburbs of Taipei, a Japanese man in a kimono speaks in Mandarin as he performs a comedic "kamishibai," a traditional storytelling art that uses large picture boards to illustrate the narrative.
March 07, 2014
Supreme Court Justice Itsuro Terada has been nominated by the Abe Cabinet to be the next chief justice of the nation’s highest judicial body, an appointment seen to be keeping the court free from political interference.