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Nagasaki University to Launch English Journal on Nuclear Disarmament (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)—Nagasaki University said Monday it will launch an English-language academic journal on nuclear disarmament. "We'd like to bring up the issue of what tragic results nuclear arms and wars have caused, based on scientific evidence," university president Katamine Shigeru told a press conference in Tokyo. Katamine also criticized North Korea for conducting its sixth nu…

Dictionary Pros Pick Their Top New Words for 2016

Two major dictionary publishers have announced their new words of the year for 2016. As the Japanese language continues to evolve, it borrows and coins new terms at a rapid clip—and these, say the publishers, are the ones most likely to stick around long enough to end up in their dictionaries.

Japanese Publishing in Free Fall

The Japanese publishing industry is staring into the abyss as sales continue to plummet. Can the nation’s vaunted tradition of literature and literacy survive in the age of nonprint media?

Newspaper Circulation in Japan: Still High but Steadily Falling

Amid a global decline in the print media, the immense market share and influence traditionally commanded by Japan’s domestic dailies are also beginning to come under threat. What does the future hold for Japan’s newspapers?

Comic Connections: Urasawa Naoki Talks with Top European Artists

The first International Manga Fest saw several panel discussions that thrilled audiences with talk and insight from top Japanese and foreign artists. Urasawa Naoki sat down with the famous combination of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, leading European creators of bandes dessinées.

Manga Giant Ōtomo Katsuhiro Meets His European Counterparts

At a lively panel discussion at the International Manga Fest in Tokyo, manga artist Ōtomo Katsuhiro directed a series of probing questions at two artists visiting from France, and brought the appeal of European bandes dessinées into vivid focus for Japanese audiences.

Literary Bridge-Builder: An Interview with Shibata Motoyuki

Authors, editors, and translators gathered in Tokyo on March 1–3 for the city’s first major international literary festival. We spoke to one of the organizers, scholar and translator Shibata Motoyuki, about the international potential of Japanese literature.

Japan’s First International Literary Festival

The inaugural Tokyo International Literary Festival took place in eight venues across Tokyo on March 1–3. The festival brought together leading novelists, poets, editors, and translators for three days of inspiring, well-attended events.

Japan’s Women Writers in France

Three popular Japanese authors talk to a packed audience in Paris, revealing their true feelings on what it means to be a female writer. French translator of Japanese literature Myriam Dartois Akō reports on the discussion.

Ōe Kenzaburō, the Salon du Livre, and Me!

When manga artist J. P. Nishi was invited to the prestigious Salon du Livre in Paris, he found himself rubbing shoulders with literary giants, including Nobel Prize–winner Ōe Kenzaburō. Nishi shares his experience at one of the world’s largest literary events in this illustrated journal and interview.

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