May 03, 2015
GIFU--Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said terrorism carried out in the name of religion is a “very sad” reality facing the post-Cold War world and urged religious leaders to promote interfaith dialogue to break the chain of violence.
May 02, 2015
NAKATSU, Oita Prefecture--When Holly Helt and Alex Sanson discovered the perfect tea leaves in Japan, it gave them the idea of popularizing the unique taste of Japanese tea.
May 01, 2015
Johnnie Xu first visited Japan two years ago to see a concert by an Irish band. He left the country more impressed by the tomes in Tokyo than the tunes of the group.
April 29, 2015
Shintaro Ishihara, a popular four-term Tokyo governor who has also ruffled feathers with his outspoken style, will receive a prestigious government award for contributions to the nation and society.
April 23, 2015
Swiss-born Stefan Schauwecker is something of a Japanophile, having made this country his home, and visiting well over 1,000 tourist destinations around Japan.
April 19, 2015
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Yauemon Sato’s determination to forge ahead with his ideas, no matter how unorthodox, has led fellow workers to describe him as “a dump truck with broken brakes.”
April 17, 2015
Marie Kondo, a “tidying-up consultant” whose style has become an international phenomenon, was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
April 07, 2015
TOYAMA--Koho Kawagoe tries to keep the mood light during his radio show, reading messages on air and playing songs that resonate with listeners.
April 05, 2015
HIGASHI-OSAKA, Osaka Prefecture--In a surprising and poignant appearance at his alma mater, popular J-pop producer and rock star Tsunku revealed on April 4 that he had his vocal cords removed due to a recurrence of laryngeal cancer.
April 01, 2015
Misao Okawa, recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person on the planet, died on April 1. She was 117.
March 28, 2015
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.
March 24, 2015
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.
March 23, 2015
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.
March 23, 2015
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.
March 20, 2015
“Rakugo” storyteller Katsura Beicho, credited with reviving the Kansai style of the comic art form, died of pneumonia on March 19. He was 89.
March 20, 2015
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.
March 18, 2015
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.
March 17, 2015
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.
March 14, 2015
In his teenage years, Doga Makiura helped to ease a humanitarian crisis that had stumped even the United Nations.
March 13, 2015
The life of Masako Yamamoto has been beset with separation and tragedy, having been deeply impacted by World War II and the Korean War.