HIRO-PON, left, and Ketch! of Gamarjobat. Their personalities are completely opposite, but their sense of humor is exactly the same. (The Asahi Shimbun)

GAMARJOBAT: Japanese pantomime duo spreads laughter around the...

December 06, 2013

Editor’s Note: Gamarjobat, a wordless comedy double-act who perform around the world, will now appear in The Asahi Shimbun as our “silent supporters.” Their comedy videos,...

Runners cut through the chilly breeze in New York’s Central Park. (Photo: Tomoji Watanabe)

ASICS races for larger share of global sport shoe market

December 23, 2012

ASICS, Japan’s largest sport shoe, apparel and equipment manufacturer, is gradually starting to make lengthy strides into the global athletic shoe market dominated by...

Based on an image of the musical "The Lion King," children practice dancing with the music. (Photo: Yoshinori Toyomane)

Young Americans motivate children in disaster area through song...

December 09, 2012

American stage director Ross MacDonald has a simple piece of advice for children wanting to learn how to dance: Pretend it’s your last performance.

Hein, a third-year law student from Myanmar, is studying to pass the bar exam.

Prospects better for refugees in Japan, but still need support

October 14, 2012

Japan has long been considered by many an "isolationist" country in regards to accepting refugees from other nations. But nowadays, an increasing number of displaced people are ...

Glove-making employees at the Shanghai factory

Cost pressures leads to baseball gloves made in China

August 26, 2012

Aiming to cut costs, a Japanese baseball glove manufacturer long supported by the labor of skilled craftspeople is moving its production base to China. It would appear that...

Hongo campus, University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

University engineering faculties aim to return to basics

July 08, 2012

University engineering departments, pillars of support for Japan's manufacturing industry, are losing their footing. Though faculties are generating large numbers of research...

The IMG Academy training institute

In pro tennis management, IMG is the reigning champion

May 27, 2012

IMG is a major American sports management company, representing tennis stars such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Japan's own ace, Kei Nishikori. What...

Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels, right, smiles during the press conference announcing Darvish's signing, along with Rangers manager Ron Washington, left, and Darvish. (Photo: Nobuyuki Sakana)

Youth and higher education trump experience in MLB GM role

May 13, 2012

In the corporate world, the title GM, or general manager, refers to a person in charge of overall business operations. In the world of professional baseball, however, it refers ...

In February, the Judo Grand Slam was held in Paris. The venue was full of enthusiasm every day of the tournament. (The Asahi Shimbun)

French adopt martial art of judo as their own

April 22, 2012

Taking quick little tap dancer-like steps, the children move nimbly across the dojo's tatami mat floor. Careful not to step on the strings of the agility ladder laid out for...

Toei Uzumasa Village which is where samurai and period movies were filmed (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Period dramas fading into history on Japanese TV

March 11, 2012

Period dramas, known as "Jidaigeki," are being shown with increasingly less frequency by Japan's terrestrial broadcasters. Kyoto, a once-popular location for shooting these...

More than 200 foreign and domestic media representatives packed the FCCJ last November, when Michael Woodford, the ousted CEO and president of Olympus Corp., had a news conference. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Foreign journalists club in Tokyo loses its luster

February 26, 2012

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) in Tokyo's Yurakucho district has served as a haven for overseas journalists reporting on Japan’s breathtaking changes since...

The Ehime Ship Owners is said to comprise 60 companies. The number of ships in their possession, counting only those that are clearly evident, totals 830 ocean-going vessels. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

It's 'sink or swim' time for Japanese ship owners in Ehime

February 12, 2012

Imabari city in Ehime Prefecture is home to numerous family-run companies that own a considerable number of tankers and container ships plying the Atlantic and Pacific oceans....

The room where ceremonies are conducted at the Freemason Grand Lodge in Minato Ward, Tokyo

Freemasons emerge from shadows following quake

December 11, 2011

The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Japan, depicted as a feared "secret society," is engaging in relief activities in areas afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Using...

Pink-toned Peach Aviation cabin crew uniforms (The Asahi shimbun)

Nation's first low-cost carrier to fly out of Kansai

November 27, 2011

Based out of Kansai International Airport (KIX), Japan's first full-fledged low-cost carrier (LCC), Peach Aviation, will begin flying next spring. Kansai Airport, debt-ridden...

Volunteers from pest control companies spray insecticide over and around the pile. (Photo: Atsuo Hirata)

Triumph, confusion marked Japan-based NGOs in Tohoku

October 23, 2011

Battle tested and experienced from operating overseas in war-torn districts and areas suffering from natural disasters, Japan-based NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) rushed... (captured from the website)

Digital archive forming tied to March 11 disasters

October 09, 2011

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, research projects adopting long-term perspectives on various topics have been gaining prominence among Japan specialists in the...

Toru Takanarita interviews the president of a seafood processing plant in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, that was damaged in the disaster. (photo: Takeshi Yamawaki)

Establishing a cooperative society to rebuild after the quake

September 15, 2011

For three years, I lived and worked as a reporter in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered massive damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. As I visited ...

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