Discover unique Japanese art while visiting across Japan with our series program, "AMAZING ARTS OF JAPAN".
In this edition, we look into the magnetism of unique Japanese Buddhist statues of various times such as vigorous Buddhist statue from the Samurai era, unorthodox statue by a wandering monk, and floating Buddha image of present age.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)