Hatsuno Goto with her first book in hand at her home in Tokyo's Sumida Ward in January. (Provided by Hatsuno Goto)
Book offers peek into active life at age 111
At the ripe age of 73, Hatsuno Goto took up painting in hopes of keeping her brain active to prevent dementia. Nearly four decades later, and still with her wits about her, Goto received a pre-copy of her book featuring a number of her artworks.
Umpire Sujeewa Wijayanayake signals that a runner is safe at second base during a game on March 23 at the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Sri Lankan man's Koshien dream comes true behind the second base bag
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Prefecture--While all Japanese high school baseball players dream of playing in hallowed Koshien Stadium, a Sri Lankan man on March 23 got his wish to umpire a game there.
Lee Kuan Yew in Tokyo in June 1992 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91
SINGAPORE--Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died on March 23, the government said. He was 91.
Kazuto Seike trains himself for swordfighting scenes in samurai movies and dramas at Toei Kyoto Studios in Kyoto’s Ukyo Ward. (Noboru Tomura)
Samurai bit actor plays the part in quest to be swordfighting master
KYOTO--They are usually on screen for just minutes. And then, they are killed. But the unique role of "kirareyaku" in samurai dramas--typically the principal villain's sidekicks--takes years to perfect.
“Rakugo” storyteller Katsura Beicho gives a performance in Osaka in January 2009. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
‘Rakugo’ master Katsura Beicho, a national treasure, dies at 89
“Rakugo” storyteller Katsura Beicho, credited with reviving the Kansai style of the comic art form, died of pneumonia on March 19. He was 89.
Mao Asada shows off her diploma from Chukyo University in Nagoya on March 19. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Figure skater Asada graduates from university, remains undecided on career
NAGOYA--Three-time world figure skating champion Mao Asada graduated from Chukyo University on March 19, but she declined to say if she would return to the sport that made her an icon in this country.
Dai Dali, the oldest pole dancer in China (Nanae Kurashige)
At 69, Chinese dancer gains pole position
CHENGDU, China--Wearing long, shiny black boots and a tight top, Dai Dali spins, twirls and gyrates around a vertical steel pole to the rousing applause of audience members.
Yoshiomi Tamai celebrates his 80th birthday with former recipients of the Ashinaga Ikueikai scholarship on Feb. 7 in Tokyo. (Hikaru Uchida)
Head of Ashinaga child charity turns 80, pledges to broaden reach
The founder of a scholarship fund that has helped educate bereaved children for several decades turned 80 last month, but he’s not letting age get in the way of his life’s work.
Doga Makiura at a warehouse in Rwanda where bags of food have piled up (Provided by Doga Makiura)
Young humanitarian worker wants developing countries to help themselves
In his teenage years, Doga Makiura helped to ease a humanitarian crisis that had stumped even the United Nations.
Masako Yamamoto talks about her memories of her late husband in her home in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. (Akira Nakano)
Film explores lives, 2 homelands of Masako Yamamoto, artist husband Lee Joong-seop
The life of Masako Yamamoto has been beset with separation and tragedy, having been deeply impacted by World War II and the Korean War.
Kazuo Mori (Photo by Mari Endo)
Former leprosy patient: Family bonds still broken after quarantine
At the age of 74, Kazuo Mori laments the likelihood that he will never see a panacea for all the wrongs caused by decades of discrimination against leprosy patients.
Architect Tadao Ando (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Italy honors Japanese architect for fusing modernist designs with historical buildings
Famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando has been awarded the Grande Ufficiale prize for distinguished service by the Italian government.
Mitsuaki Yamasaki, who manages a shelter for fish in Kawasaki. The sign says a heated tank for fish. (Tomoyuki Yamamoto)
Kawasaki man runs 'fish shelter' to reel in invasive species in Tamagawa river
When Mitsuaki Yamasaki encountered a tearful boy who was about to dump his pet goldfish into the Tamagawa river more than 10 years ago, he decided to take them in.
Maher Elsherbini, a Cairo University professor, poses with Japanese and Arabic versions of "Barefoot Gen" during a recent interview in Cairo. (Tadao Onaga)
Egyptian scholar translates 'Barefoot Gen' into Arabic to return the favor to Hiroshima
CAIRO--An iconic Japanese manga series that powerfully depicts the horrors of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima through the eyes of a young boy has been published for the first time in Arabic in Egypt.
Sayaka Sugawara (Photo by Masahiko Takai)
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tsunami survivor who could not save mother finds role in life
It was still morning, but Sayaka Sugawara already felt it was “a special day that I will remember forever.”
Satoko Shinashi (Photo by Shigetaka Kodama)
Mixed martial arts champ makes comeback as 'fighting mom'
After a six-year absence due to pregnancy and raising her son, "the queen of mixed martial arts" is back in the ring with stronger abs and a desire to fight outside Japan.
Ayaka Yamashita (Photo by Eijiro Morii)
Japanese woman's accessory business helps keep Filipino mountain tribe's culture alive
After years of soul-searching to find a place where she can be herself, Ayaka Yamashita finally found it among a mountain tribe people on the Philippines' Luzon Island, who impressed her with their warmth and hospitality, as well as superb craftsmanship.
Yasunari Kawabata at work in his study in recently uncovered video footage (Provided by Kawabata Foundation)
Footage found of camera-shy Nobel laureate Kawabata at work and relaxing
Rare color footage has emerged of Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata, who detested being photographed. Even more surprising, the film was apparently shot to produce a TV commercial.
Kazuhide Sekiyama (Photo by Masanobu Hayasaka)
President of spider silk fabric developer says insects are sophisticated
In a scene from the 2004 movie "Spider-Man 2," Spidey attempts to stop a runaway train by shooting webs from his hands at buildings alongside the tracks and pulling, using the power of the silk to bring it to a halt.
In this July 9, 2002 file photo, Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. unit, speaks during an interview at his office in Tokyo.  (AP Photo)
Yutaka Katayama, 'father of the Z' Nissan sports car, dies at 105
Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said on Feb. 21. He was 105.

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