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Ichiyo Higuchi’s “Takekurabe” Manuscript Fetches 21 M. Yen

January 21, 2019

Tokyo–The autograph manuscript of “Takekurabe” (growing up), a novella by Japanese author Ichiyo Higuchi (1872-1896), fetched 21 million yen in a Tokyo auction on Saturday. A male collector from outside Tokyo made the successful bid, higher than the assumed price


Ebizo to assume prestigious Kabuki name Danjuro in May 2020

January 15, 2019

Tokyo–Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo, 41, will become Ichikawa Danjuro XIII in May next year, marking the revival of the big name in the traditional Japanese performing art for the first time in seven years, kabuki promoter Shochiku Co. said Monday.


Coming-of-Age Ceremonies Held in Disaster Areas in Japan

January 14, 2019

Tokyo–Coming-of-Age ceremonies were held in many places across Japan on Sunday, including areas devastated by natural disasters last year. In the town of Saka in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, a minute of silence was observed before a Coming-of-Age ceremony in


Heisei in Perspective: Smoking Rate Declining in Japan

January 9, 2019

Tokyo–The proportion of smokers is dropping in Japan, with the figure in 2018 down by half from the 36 pct level when the current Heisei era began in 1989. Japan Tobacco Inc. attributed the decline to increasing health awareness, an


Last Birthday Event for Outgoing Emperor Swamped by Crowds

December 23, 2018

Tokyo- Tens of thousands of people visited the Imperial Palace to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito on Sunday, ahead of his abdication at the end of April next year. Before the gate opening at the palace , A


Nobel Winner Honjo Sees Immunity Key to Fighting Cancer

December 7, 2018

Stockholm–Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, on Thursday said that immune strength is the key to fighting cancer. Immunotherapy will become more effective when it is combined with other treatment methods, Honjo,


Pulitzer Prize winner urges students to ‘be faithful to good journalism”

December 5, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winner Manny Mogato of Reuters urged students to “be faithful to good journalism” as the veteran Reuters correspondent spoke at the annual Teddy Benigno Lecture of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines ( FOCAP) on Wednesday. “Observe


TOKYO REPORT: More Scenic Sites Collect Entry Payments in Japan

December 4, 2018

Tokyo–An increasing number of national parks and other scenic areas in Japan are collecting voluntary entry payments from visitors for environmental protection and infrastructure improvement, including the creation of footways and installation of lavatories. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain at