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  • Shigeru Mizuki's 'Showa' draws a graphic portrait of Japan

    Shigeru Mizuki's 'Showa' draws a graphic portrait of Japan
    In Japan, history is still divided according to the reign of the emperors. This year, for instance, is Heisei 26 — the 26th year of the reign of Emperor Akihito, who will be posthumously renamed Heisei.
  • Arvo Part, Athol Fugard among recipients of Praemium Imperiale awards

    Arvo Part, Athol Fugard among recipients of Praemium Imperiale awards
    The popular Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the South African playwright Athol Fugard are among the recipients of the 2014 Praemium Imperiale awards, Japan's highest honors in the arts. This year's roster of winners also includes architect Steven Holl,...

    As Japan marks WWII surrender, Abe avoids controversial shrine

    As Japan marks WWII surrender, Abe avoids controversial shrine
    Two Japanese Cabinet members and a group of lawmakers marked the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II on Friday by visiting a Tokyo shrine that China and South Korea regard as a totem to Japan’s militarist past. But Prime...

    Emperor Akihito's speech underlines gravity of Japan's nuclear crisis

    Emperor Akihito's speech underlines gravity of Japan's nuclear crisis
    His voice was measured, his language formal, his demeanor somber. It was perhaps the clearest sign yet of just how grave Japan's nuclear crisis had become: The emperor spoke. Akihito, the nation's 77-year-old sovereign, delivered an unprecedented address...

    Four reactors at Fukushima nuclear complex will have to be scrapped, utility chairman says

    Four reactors at Fukushima nuclear complex will have to be scrapped, utility chairman says
    The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped, and he apologized to the Japanese public for the nuclear disaster. Tsunehisa Katsumata,...