Mei Shigenobu (Photo by Motooki Hayasaka)
Daughter of imprisoned Japanese Red Army leader talks about her mother
"Children of the Revolution," a documentary about terrorist leaders Fusako Shigenobu and Ulrike Meinhof, has special resonance for Japan as one of the women is the imprisoned Japanese Red Army leader.
Donald Keene (Motooki Hayasaka)
Interview with Donald Keene: I turned wartime enemies into friends with music
Music has been a constant companion in the life of Donald Keene, the acclaimed scholar of Japanese literature.
Angela Ortiz (Photo by Hideyuki Miura)
U.S. aid volunteer becomes tsunami disaster-zone ambassador to the world
In Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, the town's first non-Japanese reconstruction support ambassador is trying to send a message out to the world that assistance is still needed in recovery efforts from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Hayao Miyazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Retired anime giant Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar
NEW YORK--Despite saying a retiree like himself doesn’t need an award, Studio Ghibli's renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki appeared pleased to learn that he will receive the Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Bunyo Ishikawa during a recent interview (Tomoya Ishikawa)
Documentary highlights 50-year anti-war crusade by photojournalist
Just as the government approved sweeping changes to Japan's postwar security policy, a timely documentary film on the career of renowned photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa, who spread an anti-war message through his coverage of the Vietnam War, started hitting the big screen across the nation.
Shinjuku Station, shown here viewed from the south, figures prominently in Haruki Murakami's latest novel to be translated into English. (Louis Templado)
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Shinjuku Station becomes stage for Haruki Murakami's latest novel
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended to depict his younger days and places associated with his works.
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Haruki Murakami likens writing to plunging into the 'darkness' at Edinburgh book festival
EDINBURGH--Internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami described writing a novel as descending into the “darkness” of his mind at the Edinburgh International Book Festival here.
Ryoji Takayama (Photo by Ayako Nakada)
Former SDF member pursues 'peacekeeping mission' in Cambodia
Ryoji Takayama wasn't done with Cambodia after he returned to Japan at the end of the country's first undertaking in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in 1992.
An aerial photograph of Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
COMMENTARY/ Hanshinkan Kid (8): Memories of Koshien baseball stadium inspire Haruki Murakami
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the eighth of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” commentaries.
Seizo Fukumoto plays the lead character in "Uzumasa Limelight." (C)UzumasaLimelight
Long-time bit player in samurai movies wins international acting award
After decades of playing minor characters unceremoniously killed in samurai films, Seizo Fukumoto became the first Japanese and oldest winner of the Best Actor Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
Mechanical watches are powered by mainsprings that require winding before the watch will operate. “In an age where almost everything is automated, physical interaction with a device is still attractive to some people.” (Kazuyoshi Sako)
MASAHIRO KIKUNO: Independent watchmaker creates unique works of art
At his workshop in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, neatly lined with machine tools and implements purchased via Internet auctions, Masahiro Kikuno gently draws a file across a piece of metal about one centimeter in size.
Actress Sayuri Yoshinaga talks about her opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Actress says Japan should always say ‘no’ to nuclear weapons
Born just a few months before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, actress Sayuri Yoshinaga has spoken out against nuclear weapons for most of her career.
Takeji Muno in July 2014 (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
At 99, anti-war journalist wins prestigious award
A 99-year-old journalist who spread imperial Japanese military propaganda during World War II and spent his postwar life determined to “exterminate all wars” has received the Japan Congress of Journalists’ 2014 Special Award.
Ryohei Takahashi, a student at Chuo University, hoists a message board during "the Stop! Children's Poverty" student rally in Tokyo in May. (Naoko Kawamura)
Bereaved student calls for support for children, students in poverty
Ryohei Takahashi struggled through tragedy and poverty to pursue his academic dream. By the time he graduates from university, he will be 5.82 million yen ($57,000) in debt.
121-year-old Nguyen Thi Tru, the oldest Vietnamese person alive according to the Vietnam Book of Records, relaxes on a hammock next to her son Nguyen Huu Phuong in their house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on July 29. Her 72-year-old son, the youngest of her 11 children, shows off the certificate awarded to her by the company confirming her age. (Manabu Sasaki)
Vietnam says local woman is world's oldest person at 121 years of age
HO CHI MINH CITY--The world’s officially recognized oldest person, 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan, may have to surrender her title to a Vietnamese woman five years her senior.
Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki speaks during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Hikaru Uchida)
One-eyed 'Ararky' continues quest of no-holds-barred photography
For a famed photographer, the loss of eyesight could mean the end of a career.
Tasuku Saito, a bookshop owner in Tokyo's Sendagaya neighborhood, holds up a lantern advertising Peter Cat, the jazz bar operated by Haruki Murakami when he lived in the area. (Louis Templado)
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Haruki Murakami rose to fame from a 'walled town' of a Tokyo neighborhood
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended to depict his younger days and places associated with his works.
Doris Salcedo, this year's winner of the Hiroshima Art Prize (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
Colombia's Salcedo wins Hiroshima Art Prize for works echoing suffering of victims
HIROSHIMA--Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, known for conveying the suffering of victims of violence and discrimination, has been named the ninth recipient of the Hiroshima Art Prize.
Katsumasa Fukuda, a municipal assemblyman of Sanyo-Onoda, Yamaguchi Prefecture, shows off his memoir. (Fumiko Kuribayashi)
Local politician wages anti-drug crusade, admitting past addiction
SANYO-ONODA, Yamaguchi Prefecture--While a recent bout of highly publicized scandals has shocked the public and cast doubts on the moral standards of local politicians, one assemblyman here isn't hiding his criminal past.
Located on both sides of the Shukugawa river, which runs through Nishinomiya, Shukugawa Park is a hangout for stray cats. (Provided by Goro Fukushima)
COMMENTARY/ Hanshinkan Kid (7): Haruki Murakami's love for cats comes through in his works
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the seventh of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” commentaries.

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