November 28, 2015
With pain shooting through his weary legs, Takao Shindo mustered up the strength to stagger across the finish line of the Chicago Marathon. His time of about six hours doubled his personal best, but he had good reason to smile.
November 23, 2015
HIROSAKI, Aomori Prefecture--Political illustrator Norio Yamanoi has responded to popular demand and produced a sequel to his hit comic book “Manga Palestine Mondai” (Palestine Issue Comic).
November 16, 2015
LONDON--The "rakugo" comic storyteller sitting on a “koza” stage here and clad in a nightingale-colored kimono, which matches his blond hair, is on a mission.
November 12, 2015
Toshihiko Yoshii performs across Japan with a "hibaku piano," an instrument that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, just like he did--although he was in his mother's womb when the bomb exploded.
November 11, 2015
NAGASAKI--When Yoshiko Hirahara joined a choir comprising fellow “hibakusha” (atomic-bomb survivors), she doubted songs could convey the horrors of nuclear warfare.
November 05, 2015
In a land of cramped housing units, which were once derided by Westerners as “rabbit hutches,” Japanese decluttering gurus devised strategies that are now helping households around the world free up space and discard junk.
November 01, 2015
Centenarian Takeji Muno had waited almost eight decades to get his university diploma after an attempted bloody coup threw the capital in turmoil prior to World War II.
October 28, 2015
KYOTO--The teenage girl remembers how much fun it was to beat boys who were much bigger than her. And now she is fanatical about fighting.
October 19, 2015
OSAKA--A 13-year-old junior high school student has moved one square closer to becoming the youngest professional “shogi” (Japanese chess) player.
October 14, 2015
Toshio Yamamoto is on a quest to uncover the holy grail of instant ramen, the perfect noodle, something he has not found in more than 5,000 varieties he's slurped over the decades.
October 09, 2015
For years, critics scoffed at Takaaki Kajita’s suggestion concerning neutrinos. After all, the elementary particles were and remain a mystery to some of the sharpest minds on the planet.
October 09, 2015
The new Nobel laureate in literature warned that even a minor natural disaster could lead to a nuclear catastrophe during her visit to Japan in 2003, according to a doctor who met the writer.
October 06, 2015
When Satoshi Omura moved to Tokyo to teach night classes at Sumida Technical High School in Koto Ward, the experience changed his life, bolstering his desire to become a scientist.
October 05, 2015
Maestro Seiji Ozawa led the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a guest conductor after being feted with a special birthday performance during an open rehearsal on Oct. 4 at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
October 03, 2015
China ignored repeated pleas from Japan and nominated two symbols of the brutalities of World War II to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
October 01, 2015
NAGASAKI--A manga artist is using the storytelling power of the traditional "kamishibai" picture-card show to pass on a message of peace to future generations from a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of this city.
September 29, 2015
MARUGAME, Kagawa Prefecture--She's an artist simply and affectionately known as the "Castle Grandma."
September 26, 2015
Acclaimed photojournalist Kikujiro Fukushima, whose images of victims of the 1945 atomic bombings and environmental pollution reflected his anti-establishment viewpoint, died of a stroke on Sept. 24. He was 94.
September 25, 2015
LONDON--Pakistani child education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai urged nations to divert funds spent on defense to education and healthcare, saying it was the best response to a surge of terrorism and extremist thinking.
September 19, 2015
After dabbling in Sri Lanka’s plastic, tea and gem markets, Hisashi Ueda struck gold using a more down-to-earth resource: elephant dung.