Satoshi Omura, distinguished professor emeritus at Kitasato University and a co-winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, enters the venue for a news conference in Tokyo amid applause on Oct. 5. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Nobel laureate Omura’s roots as a scientist were planted as a night school teacher
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.
Seiji Ozawa conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during a rehearsal on Oct. 4 at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. (Provided by Suntory Hall)
Maestro Ozawa conducts Vienna Philharmonic in special performance
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.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying (from the ministry's website) and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China nominates documents on Nanking Massacre, 'comfort women' for UNESCO register
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.
Yuka Nishioka holds her "kamishibai" picture-story show on the life of Tsuyo Kataoka, a "kataribe" storyteller of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, who died in December. (Ken Mizokoshi)
Picture-board show on life of Christian hibakusha a powerful narrative for peace
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.
Hiroko Sogo creates an etegami at Marugame Castle in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture (Yuichi Yano)
‘Castle Grandma’ publishes her folk-art picture letters
MARUGAME, Kagawa Prefecture--She's an artist simply and affectionately known as the "Castle Grandma."
Photojournalist Kikujiro Fukushima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Renowned photojournalist Kikujiro Fukushima dies at 94
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.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai who campaigns for education for children (Toshiya Umehara)
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai: Give children books so they don't take up weapons
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.
Hisashi Ueda sells paper made with elephant dung at his shop in Kita-Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Ryuta Sometaya)
Japanese entrepreneur's paper trail leads to elephant dung in Sri Lanka
After dabbling in Sri Lanka’s plastic, tea and gem markets, Hisashi Ueda struck gold using a more down-to-earth resource: elephant dung.
Kiyoharu Matsuo is welcomed by his wife and friends in front of the Saitama city hall building on Sept. 15, after traveling through Siberia on a motorcycle. (Asami Matsumoto)
One for the road: At 71, motorcyclist completes Siberian journey
SAITAMA--Kiyoharu Matsuo returned home safe and sound after traveling across Siberia, the latest leg in the 71-year-old’s motorcycle odyssey that has taken him to 111 countries and covered more than 360,000 kilometers.
Martha Argerich responds to questions in an interview in Tokyo in August. (Tsutomu Ishiai)
INTERVIEW/ Martha Argerich: Hiroshima, Holocaust must be remembered as human tragedies
World-renowned pianist Martha Argerich visited Japan this year marking the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A Japanese-style arched bridge at the Lafcadio Hearn Gardens in Tramore, Ireland, which was constructed by local artisans. (Provided by Bon Koizumi)
Memorial gardens in Ireland celebrate eventful life of Lafcadio Hearn
A park with Japanese and Greek gardens that symbolize the remarkable life of writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) opened in this seaside town in southern Ireland where he spent his summer vacations as a child.
Prince Hisahito talks with his father, Prince Fumihito, near their home within the Akasaka Estate. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)
Young prince turns 9, shows fascination with insects, foreign lands
Just like other boys his age, Prince Hisahito, who celebrated his ninth birthday on Sept. 6, is interested in insects and geography.
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.

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