Junichi Kajioka (Photo by Yasushi Okubo)
Junichi Kajioka tackles futility of war in film about the Battle of Imphal
Making his directorial debut, London-based Japanese actor Junichi Kajioka has produced an independent short film about the disastrous Battle of Imphal in 1944.
Birthday boy Seiji Ozawa joins the applause after a wind-instrument performance at a special concert in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, on Sept. 1. (Shiro Nishihata)
Maestro Ozawa celebrates 80th birthday at special concert
MATSUMOTO, Nagano Prefecture--World-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept. 1 by performing at a special concert here and receiving praise by noted musicians, celebrities and diplomats.
Hameeda Waheeduddin, Punjab provincial minister for women's development (Photo by Shiro Nishihata)
Politician with Japanese heritage pushing women’s programs in Pakistan
In conservative Pakistan, Hameeda Waheeduddin has her work cut out trying to elevate the status of women.
Tsugumi Inoue calls for a nuclear-free world at the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office in Geneva on Aug. 18. (Ichiro Matsuo)
Hiroshima student calls for elimination of nuclear weapons at Geneva conference
GENEVA--A Hiroshima high school student whose great-grandfather survived the world's first atomic bombing urged the international society to make a significant stride toward a nuclear-free world at the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office here.
Nobuo Okimatsu addresses a gathering at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo on July 7. (Yuri Imamura)
Former kamikaze pilot embarks decades later on anti-war mission
Nobuo Okimatsu vividly recalls the day he expected to die. It was Aug. 15, 1945, and he had received orders to mount a kamikaze suicide attack.
Monique Truong during her recent visit to Japan to research the life of Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn  (Noboru Tomura)
U.S. novelist chases secret life of acclaimed Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn
For award-winning author Monique Truong, writing fiction is the only way to make sense of a complex world.
Ari Beser, a visual artist, takes a picture of an atomic bomb survivor in Hiroshima's Naka Ward. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
Grandson of crew member of both B-29s that dropped A-bombs interviews survivors in Japan
A twist of fate has led the grandson of the only U.S. crew member aboard both the B-29s that dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to Japan to meet survivors of those horrific blasts.
Ayumi Kikuchi, left, practices the speech she will give at a United Nations event with her English teacher, Fumi Arimura, in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 23. She attends the relocated Futaba High School, now operating in the city of Iwaki. (Takuro Negishi)
Fukushima high school evacuee to share experiences at United Nations
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A high school student who thought she was only temporarily fleeing her home during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and remains an evacuee to this day, will address an event at the United Nations headquarters this month.
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.

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