Katana swordplay exercise is a hit with Tokyo women

Women dressed in hakama practice katana sword exercise at a studio in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward on Aug. 3. | SATOKO KAWASAKI   Samurai may be known as a man’s pursuit, but feudal Japan produced a number of legendary female warriors...


A final indignity for those who built Japan

Building Japan: A construction worker surveys a demolished building at a site in Tokyo last week. Many older construction workers, however, are at the mercy of low-paying jobs with no pensions. | REUTERS   The first time I visited the...


‘One Piece’ sets Guinness World record for manga

The popular manga series “One Piece” was officially recognized by Guinness World Records on Monday as the comic book series with the most copies published by a single author. Shueisha Inc. had published more than 320 million copies of Eiichiro...

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