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Buddhism’s Role in Social Welfare for Elderly Citizens in VietnamAging in Japan and Across AsiaDoi Yoshinori

In Vietnam, which lacks an adequate social welfare system, Mahayana Buddhist institutions play a key role in securing the welfare of elderly residents. At a temple in the old central Vietnamese capital of Hue, these residents live in peace and comfort with the support of Buddhist nuns.
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Cross-Cultural Ties: Matrimony Through the Eyes of a Japanese and South Korean CoupleSketches of International Marriage

In our second installment on international marriage, we visit a Japanese and South Korean couple with two young daughters to catch a glimpse of their approach to romance and learn about their recipe for building a happy mixed-culture family.
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A Blessed Life: Taiwanese Soldier Who Fought for Japan Recounts His “Good Fortunes”The War and Its Aftermath

During World War II, many foreign nationals fought as members of the Japanese Imperial Army, including 200,000 from Taiwan, which Japan ruled at the time. One of them was Go Masao, now 89 years old, who lectures widely to young people on his unique experiences during and long after the war.
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Timeline for February 2017Japan Timeline

Prime Minister Abe meets President Trump at the White House, Carlos Ghosn steps down as president of Nissan, and the Asian Winter Games are held in Sapporo. Look back at the major Japan-related stories of February 2017.
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Creating Caregivers: Hill Tribes Fill Lowlands Care GapAging in Japan and Across AsiaAsada Rei

Compared to cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north offers cooler weather and an easier way of life that attracts not only tourists but also permanent residents from overseas. The tranquil, picturesque city is home to more than a hundred Buddhist temples, as well as the Old City with its ancient walls, and is surrounded by lushly forested hills and mountains, including Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak. In this installment, we look at efforts in this region to make life easier for older residents.
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Survey Finds Record Number of “Sexless” Married Couples in JapanJapan Data

A 2016 survey by the Japan Family Planning Association found that the percentage of “sexless” married people, who have not had sexual intercourse for at least a month, reached its highest level, at 47.2%. This is a 2.6-point increase over the previous survey, conducted in 2014, and 15.3 points higher than the first such survey, carried out in 2004.
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Araki Nobuyoshi: An Artistic Rebel, UnbowedLegends: Japan’s Most Notable NamesIizawa Kōtarō

Araki Nobuyoshi began his career as a rebel and is now one of the world’s reigning masters of photography. A critic and close friend of the artist looks back over Araki’s prolific and sometimes tempestuous life.
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“Miai”: Meetings to Arrange MarriagesJapan Glances

Until the postwar period, most Japanese weddings were arranged through miai, formal meetings set up by a matchmaker. The practice continues today on a smaller scale, although the meetings are now typically arranged by specialist businesses.
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Love Forever: The Genius of Kusama YayoiLegends: Japan’s Most Notable NamesTatehata Akira

With major exhibitions opening in Japan and North America this year, 87-year-old Kusama Yayoi, known for her “obsessive” repetition of polka dots and reticulated patterns, is one of the most widely admired figures on the contemporary art scene today. Longtime champion Tatehata Akira traces the roots and evolution of her eccentric yet highly compelling idiom, from the “naked happenings” of the 1960s to the dazzling “pumpkin” installations of recent years.
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Recognizing What You Have: Lessons from Elder Care in ThailandAging in Japan and Across AsiaAsada Rei

The aging of society in Thailand outstrips that in all other ASEAN countries. Thai government policy identifies “family and community” as core providers of care, a stance reflecting cultural and social traditions. But how do the people of Thailand approach care for older citizens in day-to-day life? This is the first installment of a two-part report on observations from fieldwork in Thailand.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic VenuesJapan Data

The venues for events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have now been decided. They are listed here, along with details on how to get to each one and other information.
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Free Apps for Life and Travel in JapanJapan Data

Whether a tourist or a resident in Japan, there are a large number of smartphone apps that make life easier. This article includes apps for traveling, finding restaurants, and staying safe.
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Kitano Takeshi: Marching to His Own Creative “Beat”Legends: Japan’s Most Notable NamesUno Koremasa

Kitano Takeshi has established a unique position for himself, appearing as a popular comedian on Japanese TV while simultaneously winning international acclaim as a serious filmmaker. Meet the unique creator who has for many years lived a double life as mass entertainer and creative artist.
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Japanese DialectsJapan Glances

Japan has a wide variety of distinctive regional dialects. While the spread of standard Japanese, referred to as hyōjungo, has made it easier for people from different areas to communicate, many feel that local vernaculars convey greater warmth and friendliness.
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Timeline for January 2017Japan Timeline

Japanese diplomats are called back from South Korea, the emperor’s abdication path becomes clearer, and TEPCO locates meltdown debris for the first time. These are the top news stories for January 2017.
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NGO Support for Elderly Health, Independence in the PhilippinesAging in Japan and Across AsiaKashiwagi Shiho

The Philippine population, which now exceeds 100 million, has already begun to gray. National and local governments are making progress on support for older residents, but volunteers and NGOs are increasingly expected to fill the gaps left by insufficient funding and other difficulties.
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