Friday for Future: Youths in Japan take part in climate change protest | AFP

Protesters gather in Tokyo for a fresh round of global protests against climate change, heeding the call to action from 16-year-old climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg. IMAGES

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Pope Francis meets with Japan’s Abe during Tokyo visit | AFP

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Pope Francis in his official residence during the penultimate day of the pontiff’s Asian tour. IMAGES

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Balloon by Tokyo artist in NYC Thanksgiving parade

For the first time in the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a balloon designed by a woman will be part of the procession. (Nov. 19)

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Scandal-hit Placido Domingo withdraws from Tokyo Olympic event | AFP

Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo, who is facing multiple sexual harassment accusations, says he would withdraw from a cultural event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, citing the project’s “complexity”. of Placido Domingo

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Springboks prepare for Rugby final against England | AFP

South Africa train in a Tokyo suburb three days ahead of their Rugby World Cup final clash against England.

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Munich skateboarder wants to represent Lebanon in Tokyo | AFP

Ali Khachab, 28, is German and has lived his whole life in Munich, but this skateboarder wants to represent his second country – Lebanon, where he goes at least once a year to visit his extended family – at the Tokyo Olympics. With his brother Pacel, they are the only Lebanese skateboarders vying for qualification to take part in competitions in all corners of the world. of Ali Khachab

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday October 23rd: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent; Judge directed the State department to release Ukraine docs; 39 people found dead in a truck in England; Tokyo motor show gives glimpse into future.

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Japan emperor completes enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony | AFP

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito completes his ascension to the ancient Chrysanthemum throne in a solemn, ritual-filled ceremony performed before hundreds of dignitaries in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

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‘Just a very class act’: Fans react after All Blacks rout Ireland | AFP

Fans react after the New Zealand All Blacks thrash Ireland 46-14 in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Tokyo. “The All Blacks were just a very class act,” says All Blacks fan Scot Tasker.

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Japan looks for missing as typhoon kills as many as 48

Water still covered a road and the surrounding field in Kawagoe, Saitama, north of Tokyo on Monday, two days after a typhoon swept Japan. (Oct. 14)

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Rescue at flooded elderly home after Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan | AFP

Rescue workers carry out an hours-long boat operation to evacuate hundreds of people from a retirement home in Kawagoe, northwest of Tokyo, which was flooded up to its top floor. More than 100,000 rescuers, including 31,000 troops, work into the night to reach people trapped a day after the ferocious Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, unleashing unprecedented rain and catastrophic flooding.

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Here’s a look at the top stories for Saturday, Oct. 12th: Tokyo area shuts down as typhoon lashes Japan; Gunman opens fire at church wedding; Four dead, three hurt in shooting in Brooklyn; Unseen orientalist collection goes on show for first time.

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Why Japanese Swords Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Japanese sword-making is a tradition that goes back centuries, and one that’s carried on to this day. Each sword takes dedication, skill and can take over 18 months to create. The resulting blades can be worth thousands of dollars. So what makes them so expensive?

Becoming a swordsmith in Japan takes a 5-year apprenticeship, and there are only around 180 working smiths today. Master Akihira has been making these swords for 21 years at his studio just outside of Tokyo, Japan.

Japanese swords have always been more than just weapons, they were artworks, status symbols, and throughout history had a huge spiritual importance. 

Each sword is a unique artwork and one that is made to be admired as you would a painting. As sheets of steel are folded into each other again and again wood grain-like patterns form, and these patterns coupled with the skill of the swordmaster create a completely unique blade. 

Knowing what to look for in each sword is important, characteristics like the angle of the blade and the way the metal is folded could give away the era in which it was made, and even who made it. Every small detail is treated as equally important. 

Looking at the months of work that go into creating each blade, it’s easy to see why these swords command such a high price. And as there are less and less sword masters across Japan, these works of art are only going to become more valuable.

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Tokyo drenched as Typhoon Hagibis approaches | AFP

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as Japanese weather authorities issued a top-level emergency rain warning and millions were issued non-compulsory evacuation orders.

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Lithium-ion battery pioneer wins Nobel Chemistry prize | AFP

Japan pioneer of lithium-ion battery Akira Yoshino speaks after winning a Nobel Chemistry Prize in Tokyo. Yoshino is one of three researchers that won the prize for the development of lithium-ion batteries, paving the way for smartphones and a fossil fuel-free society.

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Twickenham-to-Tokyo cyclists hand over Rugby World Cup whistle after 20,000km ride | AFP

After cycling more than 20,000 kilometres (14,000 miles) through 27 countries from Twickenham to Tokyo, two rugby-mad fans finally arrive with a crucial item: the referee’s whistle for the opening World Cup game.

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Fukushima chronology | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating the Fukushima nuclear disaster. As a Tokyo court pronounced three former executives not guilty in the only criminal trial over the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a woman’s voice cut through the silence from the gallery: “Unbelievable!”VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Hospital Podcast 401 with London Elektricity

Live and direct from Shanghai, London Elektricity joins us from China for this instalment of the official Hospital Podcast! With new music from Logistics, Makoto and D-Bridge – keep it locked!

Tracklist:
Logistics – Waveforms
Makoto – The Encounter (feat. Bop)
Radiax Radiax – The Centre
Total Science & War – What Now
Logistics – Ancestors
Mutt – Conversations (feat. Kevin King)
Makoto – Show Me How You Feel (feat. Lorna King)
Makoto – Transparent (feat. Whiney)
Structure – Petrichor
Radiax – Rudeboy
Sebadox – Over Now
Makoto – Kosa (feat. Keeno)
AC13 – Big Batty
Makoto – Tokyo 96 (S.P.Y)
D-Bridge – Dolls

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Makoto – Tokyo ’96 (feat. S.P.Y)

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As one of the founders of Japan’s drum & bass culture, Makoto is a man who needs little introduction. On his sixth studio album, ‘Tomodachi Sessions’, he presents 15-tracks of exquisite, sun-drenched drum & bass soul. Each and every track is a collaboration with a close friend, that has played a part in his twenty-year career, with the likes of DJ Marky, S.P.Y, Bop, MC Conrad, Pola & Bryson, Degs, Karina Ramage and more.

The uplifting summer number, ‘Shine On Through’ is a collaboration with the young breakthrough producer Mountain from Osaka, Japan. Makoto’s signature sound is brought into 2019, soaked in a warm rolling bassline, energetic synths and topped off with vocals from the outstanding singer/songwriter Karina Ramage.

The instrumental masterpiece ‘Kosa’ features Med School’s orchestral maverick Keeno and is the perfect combination of powerful soul, epic strings and dynamic drumwork.

‘Morning Sunrise’, is a majestic dose of drum & bass and is the team effort of Makoto, Danny Wheeler and G Force. It also brings in the vocal powerhouse Blu James, also known from the Basement Jaxx classic ‘Red Alert’.

Having gained respect for the quality of his music since the days of LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records, Makoto has gone from strength to strength with an impressive discography that includes seminal classics like ‘Golden Girl’ ft. MC Conrad. Makoto can be found at a number of events and festivals this summer, including Hospitality In The Park 2019, Sun & Bass, Liquicity, Standon Calling, and more.

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Snowflakes | AFP Animé

Videographic examining snowflakes. Organisers of Tokyo 2020 have tested the use of artificial snow as they look for novel ways to keep spectators and athletes cool during Tokyo’s notoriously steamy summer months.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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‘Protecting rapists’: Protesters accuse Japan of failing women | AFP

Women’s rights protesters are taking to the streets of Tokyo as anger mounts in Japan over ‘outdated’ rape laws, after a man was allowed to walk free despite sexually assaulting his daughter for years.

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Hurricanes | AFP Animé

Videographic on hurricanes. A powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds killed one person, police said Monday, as halted trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were cancelled.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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