Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea
Asia / Politics

Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — Japan’s defense minister asserted Monday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an “unprecedented, critical and imminent” level, requiring “different responses” to the threat. The minister, Itsunori Odonera, said that this rising threat compels his country to endorse the U.S. view that “all options” must be considered, … Continue reading

Sony Music apologizes for Japanese band’s Nazi-like outfits
Celebrities / Music

Sony Music apologizes for Japanese band’s Nazi-like outfits

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Music Japan apologized Tuesday after a popular Japanese all-girls band came under fire for performing in outfits resembling Nazi-era German military uniforms. The mostly teenage members of Keyakizaka46 appeared at an Oct. 22 concert in black knee-length dresses that look like military overcoats, and black capes and officer caps with a … Continue reading

Japan princess misses school for a month for health reasons
Asia / Health / International News

Japan princess misses school for a month for health reasons

TOKYO (AP) — A granddaughter of Japan’s Emperor Akihito is not feeling well and has missed school for a month. Palace officials said Wednesday the 14-year-old Princess Aiko has been staying home since Sept. 26, after complaining of stomach problems and dizziness attributed to fatigue from studying for exams and practicing for an athletic event … Continue reading

Nobel Prize for Japanese who unraveled cell recycling system
Asia / Health / International News / Science

Nobel Prize for Japanese who unraveled cell recycling system

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday, Sept. 26th, for discoveries on how cells break down and recycle content, a garbage disposal system that scientists hope to harness in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The Karolinska Institute honored Ohsumi for “brilliant experiments” in the … Continue reading

Tokyo museum exhibits Issey Miyake’s constant innovations
Art / Fashion / International News

Tokyo museum exhibits Issey Miyake’s constant innovations

TOKYO (AP) — Although he’s behind one of the biggest fashion brands to come out of Japan, Issey Miyake detests being called a fashion designer. Maybe a designer, even a sculptor, but not that frivolous, trend-watching, conspicuous consumption known as fashion. What he has pursued since he started in the 1970s is more timeless. His down-to-earth clothing is meant to … Continue reading