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September 2011


Noda Replaces Kan at Helm of Government  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Japan's lawmakers elected a new prime minister on August 30, Yoshihiko Noda replacing Naoto Kan with his own plans to enable Japan to "overcome crisis and make a fresh start."

A Rousing Summer in Tohoku  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

The Great Summer Festivals of Tohoku have served to lift spirits in quake and tsunami-damaged northeast Japan, providing a boost to recovery efforts in the region.

The Great Summer Festivals of Northern Japan  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(835KB)

We head north to hear about the Kanto and Nebuta Festivals held annually in the cities of Akita and Aomori from non-Japanese residents actively involved in the festivals' organization.

Pure Land Heritage  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(332KB)

UNESCO has added Iwate Prefecture's Hiraizumi-the temples, gardens and archaeological sites representing the Buddhist Pure Land-to its list of World Heritage sites.



Wings for the World from the Disaster stricken Area  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(146KB)

Large manufacturer IHI's facilities in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, have quickly rebounded from the earthquake disaster, while the company has helped others to recover, too.


Farming a Recovery  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(233KB)

A project promoted by Professor Yutaka Nakai of Tohoku University in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, is helping to restore coastal farmland damaged by seawater following the March 11 tsunamis.

Aquarium Brings Hope to the People  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(230KB)

Repair work to Aquamarine Fukushima is complete, and visitors are returning in numbers to view the stunning array of aquatic life exhibited there under natural light.

Dewazakura Takes Sake to World Markets  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(201KB)

Founded in 1892, Dewazakura Sake Brewery in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, is reaching out not only to the local community through its mecenat activities, but also to international markets through the quality of its fare.

Grand Designs for Reconstruction  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(116KB)

An interview with Makoto Iokibe, president of the National Defense Academy and chairman of the Reconstruction Design Council in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Automated System Developed for Human iPS Cell Cultivation
  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

As the uses for human iPS cells in fields like regenerative medicine have increased, so has the need for an efficient iPS cell cultivation method...

The Inventor's Vision  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

An interview with the leader behind the development of glasses-free 3-D television, Rieko Fukushima

Hiyoshiya: Reinventing the Umbrella   ( HTML : English / Japanese )

A small company in Kyoto is throwing new light on a most traditional craft.

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Last year, in the bonsai-growing hotbed of Saitama Prefecture, a new museum opened, showcasing not only some very fine specimens of miniaturized trees, but also the culture and art that accompanies bonsai creation.


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