The Japanese phrase that led fashion designer Chitose Abe from obscurity to fame

Japanese designer Chitose Abe creates clothes that are inherently cool, wholly original, but also extremely practical.

Abe founded the fashion label Sacai—a variation on her maiden name, Sakai—in 1...

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Japan Festival in Turkey

An event to promote Japanese culture has begun in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

More than 300 people took part in the opening ceremony of the "Japan Festival" on Saturday. It is the first time the...

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NEM News

Police are questioning a Japanese man who accepted a cryptocurrency called NEM in exchange for another virtual currency.

Sources close to the investigation say that Tokyo Metropolitan Police invest...

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Yoshitomo Nara "Drawings: 1988~2018 Last 30 Years" @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo

One of the most famed and iconic artists from Japan, Yoshitomo Nara just opened a new solo show of older works, "Drawings : 1988~2018 Last 30 years" at Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tok...

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Legends of Judo: Kosei Inoue, Olympic champion and Japanese supercoach

In Japan, where judo is more than just a sport, Kosei Inoue is no ordinary athlete.

Essentially unbeatable between 1999 and 2003, the half-heavyweight judoka won three world titles and Olympic gold...

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The Chairman of Ryohin Keikaku on Charting Muji’s Global Expansion

In the late 1980s we tested the waters: Muji participated in an exhibition of Japanese products in London and sparked a great deal of interest from British retailers. Although Harrods was the first...

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Japanese Skaters Performed Yuri On Ice At The Winter Olympics

Japanese pair Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara just completed one of the first performances of the 2018 Winter Olympics figure skating program. And they did it to the title track from skating anime Yu...

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Haute furore: Japanese public school criticised for $700 Armani uniforms

A public elementary school in Tokyo’s exclusive shopping district of Ginza has raised eyebrows with a plan to adopt uniforms designed by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani for its students.


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Big trouble: all of Japan's sumo wrestlers to be questioned as sport lurches into crisis

Every one of Japan’s sumo wrestlers is to face questioning by outside investigators after a series of incidents tipped the sport into crisis.

The Japan Sumo Association has setup an external panel ...

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With its power over Britain, Japan is aiming to completely reshape Brexit

Ever since the UK voted for Brexit in June 2016, Japan has spoken out about the nation leaving the EU single market, which would create costly problems for companies operating within Britain. And b...

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