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Japan PM Wants Fukushima Plant Closed

Tokyo, Japan.  Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has inspected the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reassure the public over leaks of contaminated water.  Critics have lashed out at Abe for saying the situation is under control but the prime minister has stood by his words. Abe defended his controversial comments about radioactive water [...]

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Despite Risks, Tokyo Takes Summer Olympics 2020

Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, after beating Istanbul and Madrid in the final push for the coveted honor. The Japanese capital last hosted the Games in 1964. Madrid was eliminated Saturday in the first round of voting by the International Olympics Committee after final presentations in Argentina’s capital, Buenos [...]

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Roosevelt Island Prepares for Third Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

New York, N.Y.  Warm weather is upon us at last, and with it comes the Third Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival. Located under the 59th Street Bridge, across from the United Nations, Roosevelt Island has 600 incredible cherry trees. With the opening of FDR Four Freedom Park, a $50 million improvement to the island [...]

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Jim Luce (ジムルース) on Japan & Japanese-Americans

Jim Luce declared East Asian Studies – Japan (Literature) his major during his freshman fall quarter at The College of Wooster.  He went on to spend three semesters in Tokyo and Morioka, and then returned to Tokyo upon his graduation to look for a job.  Unsuccessful, her moved to New York and accepted a position [...]

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The Two Krishnas: A Novel You Can’t Ignore

New York, N.Y.  When I was a freshman in college I moved into the international dorm and was faced with people from around the world who spoke English better than I. Many of them frequently used vocabulary twice the size of my own. As I began the novel The Two Krishnas, I was reminded of [...]

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Art Students League’s “Scroll for Japan” Benefit

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, will be unveilingBaptism of Concrete Estuary, an amazing and historic 30-foot-long scroll by Jave Yoshimoto, painted in the Japanese style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints — think 36 scenes of Mt. Fuji meetsDante’s Inferno. Jave Yoshimoto’s “Baptism of Concrete Estuary” is an amazing and historic 30-foot-long scroll. Photo [...]

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Buddhism and the Universal Concept of Social Responsibility

Bodh Gaya, India. Studying in Japan back in college, I had a very unique Buddhist experience, one of which I did not understand until years afterwards.  I had joined a Buddhist student group that took me to the far north of Japan where we re-planted the mountainsides (“Shinnen No Mori”).  This was an international concept [...]

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Touching the Untouchables in a Rural Indian Village

Bodh Gaya, India. I have been privileged to visit two “Untouchable” villages while here on pilgrimage in India — the first about four miles outside Bodh Gaya in Bihar province, and the other about four hours south of here, in the village of Dumri in Jharkhand province. Both experiences were essential to my pilgrimage, as [...]

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