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December 2012

Global Messengers Sharing Japan's Strengths


PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
ASEM 9/Japan-ASEAN and East Asia Summits  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(127KB)


News of events involving Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

 


TOPICS
Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(101KB)


 


COVER STORY
Global Messengers Sharing Japan's Strengths  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(316KB)


In his speech at the presentation of letters of appreciation to Japanese who have made notable personal contributions to the international community, then Minister for National Policy of Japan Motohisa Furukawa spoke of these people having shown "passion without borders." This month's Cover Story introduces several such dedicated individuals and their work in a wide range of different fields.

 


Dedicated to Helping Others  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(949KB)


Introducing three Japanese whose work in developing countries has had a profound impact on the local communities where they live

 


Variations on a Theme  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(340KB)

The Japanese working overseas profiled in these pages have won the deep respect and admiration of their peers.


SERIES
STUDENTS' CORNER
Ways of Japan: Ukiyo-e  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(248KB)

Learn about this traditional print art form and answer our quiz!


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Hybrid Solar Cells Harness the Thermoelectric Effect  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
PDF(245KB)

Japanese researchers are developing a completely new method of power supply that combines solar cells with thermoelectric generators.


YAMATO NADESHIKO
Fantasies with Scissors  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
PDF(270KB)

Award-winning paper cutout artist Hina Aoyama produces works of astonishing intricacy.


MASTERS
Encounters with Zen  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
PDF(140KB)

German monk Muho Nolke serves as the ninth-generation abbott of the remote Antai-ji temple in Hyogo Prefecture.


THE NATION'S MUSEUMS
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
PDF(424KB)

Located close to Izumo-taisha grand shrine, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo is a treasure trove of remarkable archeological artifacts.


INTERVIEW
India-Japan Ties Grow Stronger  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(146KB)

On the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and India, Ambassador of India to Japan Ms. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa explains the nature of India-Japan relations today.



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