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January 2013

WORLD HERITAGE - Windows on Japanese Culture


PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
Inauguration of the Second Abe Cabinet  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Inauguration of the Second Abe Cabinet
Liberal Democratic Party leader and new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has positioned restoration of a robust economy at the forefront of his administration's targets.

 


COVER STORY
WORLD HERITAGE - Windows on Japanese Culture  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Since its adoption in 1972, UNESCO's World Heritage Convention has played an important role in preserving properties of cultural and natural significance around the world. In this month's Cover Story, we zoom in on some of Japan's World Heritage sites and intangible cultural properties and examine what they reveal about Japanese culture.

 


At Home with Japan's World Heritage  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(806KB)

Profiling three non-Japanese making a major contribution to the preservation, understanding and accessibility of three Japanese World Heritage sites.

 


The Case for New Inscriptions  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(514KB)

Mt. Fuji, Kamakura and Tomioka Silk Mill are Japan's next three candidates for inscription on the World Heritage List.

 


Kabuki Abroad  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(212KB)

Onnagata kabuki actor Kyozo Nakamura is working to deepen understanding of the kabuki performing art form overseas.


SERIES
STUDENTS' CORNER
Ways of Japan: Hatsumoude  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(281KB)

Learn all about this New Year tradition and answer our quiz!


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Fresh Water on Wheels  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
PDF(155KB)

Innovative mobile water purification equipment developed in Japan can make a major contribution to solving water shortage and pollution problems in rising economies.


JAPANESE ABROAD <<NEW!
Contemporary Fashion, Traditional Style  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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In the first instalment of new series introducing influential Japanese people living and working overseas, we profile Australia-based fashion designer Akira Isogawa.


47 PREFECTURES: FROM A TO Y <<NEW!
Aichi/Akita  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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Japan is subdivided into prefectures, from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, each having its own distinct provincial flavor. In this new series, Rob Gilhooly introduces places or things of interest in each of the forty-seven prefectures, visiting them in alphabetical turn. First up: Hatcho Miso in Aichi Prefecture and Korakukan theater in Akita Prefecture.



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