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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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
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Makoto – Kosa (feat. Keeno)
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Makoto – Tokyo 96 (S.P.Y)
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