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On The Brink of Fashion

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, April 13, 2006 Posted: 07:46 PM JST

(by Kseniya Ruvinskaya) - Has Japan arrived on the world fashion market? With its ‘cool’ street style one would surely think so; but has Tokyo produced brands that attract foreign buyers? On March 17th, Japan unveiled its 2006/2007 Fall/Winter Collections during Japan Fashion Week (JFW) in Tokyo. About fifty Japanese and foreign designers participated in the event.


Nagi Noda Exhibition: Hanpanda Contemporary Art

Kjeld Duits, Friday, April 7, 2006 Posted: 01:16 AM JST

ddd Gallery in Osaka holds an exhibition of the works of Nagi Noda through April 14. Noda is the president of the design group Uchu Country, while internationally she is affiliated with Partizan. In her three incarnations as director, art director and artist, her combination of unparalleled flair and astounding expressivity have drawn her to the attention of the international media, making her the most-watched creator of the younger generation.


Japan Second Most Generous Aid Donor

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, April 6, 2006 Posted: 12:49 PM JST

Japan was the second most generous donor of total aid in 2005, UPI reports today. The results are from preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. "OECD data suggested Japan's annual contribution reached $13.1 billion dollars, up 46.8 percent from the previous year, positioning the country second only to the United States in the list of donor nations. The United States donated $27.46 billion in 2005."


Peace Out! -- Peace as a Global Language Conference in Tokyo

Kjeld Duits, Thursday, April 6, 2006 Posted: 12:27 PM JST

The Japan-based "Peace as a Global Language" conference is now moving into its fifth year and the organizers are definitely onto a global trend. In 2004, for young people all over our planet, "Peace" (or "Peace Out") was the top word "Global Youthspeak" word, according to Global Language Monitor, a research organization that tracks trends in language the world over, with an emphasis upon Global English.


Japan's First Ph.D. in Manga Art

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, April 5, 2006 Posted: 10:36 AM JST

South Korean Chung In Kyung has received a doctorate degree in Manga Art from Kyoto Seika University, becoming the first person to win the honor in manga in Japan. Chung In Kyung, who has studied at the university's Graduate School of Art, was accorded the honor at a degree-awarding ceremony for the 2005 academic year.


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