Using photographs, illustrations, and videos, this online magazine helps people throughout the world know more about Japan from a variety of aspects.
Aims to Be Global Exchange Hub
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Japan needs to keep its doors wide-open to the rest of the world to help transform the country into a hub for the global exchange of people, knowledge and culture. The fact is that Japan is already home to a large and vibrant foreign contingent. And the growing population of foreign residents - who perform a variety of valuable activities - are an increasingly vital component of the country.
|TOPICS / Royal Family
IMPERIAL VISIT TO CANADA AND HAWAII
The Emperor and the Empress visited Canada and the U.S. state of Hawaii between July 3 and 17. This was the Emperor's first visit to Canada in 56 years.
|TOPICS / Prayer for Peace
AIMING AT NUCLEAR-FREE WORLD
Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 64th anniversary this year of U.S. atomic bomb attacks in 1945. A number of citizens and foreign delegates who participated in the memorial ceremonies prayed for the repose of the souls of the war dead and for world peace.
|PEOPLE / National Award
MORI MARKS MILESTONE
Mitsuko Mori marked her 2000th performance in the play "Wanderer's Notebook." In praise of this feat, Mori was pre- sented the National Award of Honor, the first time the accolade has been conferred on an actress.
|SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY / Science Museum
CUTTING-EDGE BROADCASTING TECH'
At the NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories, morphovision, which is a system that can create visual effects through the radiation of spe- cial light onto a model rotating at high speed, won popularity from am- ong children.
|TOURISM / Festival
SUMMER DANCE MADNESS
From August 12 to 15, the city of Tokushima on Japan's smallest main island of Shikoku came alive with the annual Awa Odori (Awa Dance Festival), one of Japan's largest "bon odori" dancing events.
|TOPICS / Art
INTERNATIONAL ART TRIENNIAL
The Art Triennial 2009 was held from July 26 to September 13 in the Echigo-Tsumari area, which extends across the municipalities of Tokamachi and Tsunanmachi, in Niigata Prefecture.
|NATURE / Hotaka Mountains, Mt. Yari
SANCTUARIES OF ROCKY PEAKS, VALLEYS
In the Northern Japanese Alps, a route running through 3,000-meter-high rocky peaks rising from the Hotaka Mountains to Mt.Yari is one of the most difficult and amazing routes in Japan.
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