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The Problem in Numbers Every year in Japan more than 80,000 people are welcomed in to new homes—it’s a country second only to America in terms of its adoption rate—yet when it comes…

Miss Japan 2015 shows the world a new face of the island nation In 2005 former Prime Minister Taro Aso described Japan as having “one nation, one civilization, one language, one culture…

Down the years Sora Aoi has become a huge star in Asia thanks to films that leave very little to the imagination. Ironically, though, it is in China where she has become most…

In the midst of her return to the prime-time limelight, versatile actress Erika Sawajiri talks about the personal growth that has led her to the next stage in her career. By Matthew…

Minimalist, monochrome concrete buildings with a feeling of austerity: Tadao Ando’s designs may not sound too spectacular, yet in an understated, elegant way that is exactly what they are. Heavily influenced by…

Having just started studying Visual Communication and Design at Mushashino Art University, Hikaru Cho was looking for some inspiration. She was ready to draw something and had her utensils at the ready;…

Looking to eclipse their best effort of ten medals won at the Nagano Olympics in 1998, the Japanese team are heading to Sochi with high hopes. While their target may seem overly…

There is something illuminating about Sumire Matsubara. A multi-talented star who has earned rave reviews for her performances in Anything Goes and A Tale of Two Cities, she has an ability to…