Hayao Miyazaki to Retire from anime film making
Jiji Press -- Sep 02
Leading Japanese animation film director Hayao Miyazaki will retire from movie production, it was learned Sunday.

According to participants in the ongoing Venice International Film Festival, Studio Ghibli Inc. President Koji Hoshino told a press conference in the Italian city that Miyazaki, 72, will retire with the latest full-length film, "The Wind Rises" (Kaze Tachinu), released on July 20. The movie, which features the chief engineer of the Zero fighter plane used in World War II, has become a box office hit drawing an audience of over 6.49 million as of last Monday.

After producing the "Future Boy Conan" (Mirai Shonen Konan) television animation series in the late 1970s, Miyazaki started his career as a movie director with "Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro." Later, he launched Studio Ghibli and released many animated features, including "My Neighbor Totoro" (Tonari no Totoro) and "Princess Mononoke" (Mononoke Hime).

スタジオジブリの宮崎駿監督が引退を表明し、世界に衝撃を与えている。星野康二社長が­9月1日、イタリアで開催中のベネチア国際映画祭で明らかにした。映画祭では最新作「­風立ちぬ」がノミネートされており、今作で監督を退くとしている。しかし宮崎監督の「­引退宣言」は今回が初めてではなく、ネットによると1986年の「天空の城ラピュタ」­後を皮切りに、これで5回目とか。そのため「実は数年後にやっぱり戻ってくるのでは」­との見方も少なくない。これも続投を望むファンが多いゆえか。ただ、ジブリの公式発表­は初であり「今度こそは」との声も。宮崎監督は9月6日に記者会見し、自ら理由を語る­という。

Jul 24
A seafood importer in western Japan is recalling frozen fish from Vietnam after finding that packages of the product contained rat poison. (NHK)
Jul 24
Diplomatic records declassified on Thursday indicate that the Foreign Ministry concluded in 1971 that no passport would be needed for the Emperor should he decide to go abroad. (Japan Times)
Jul 24
Colorfully decorated floats have paraded through the streets of Japan's ancient capital Kyoto in the climax of the monthlong Gion Festival. (NHK)
Jul 24
The Supreme Court overturned on Thursday an earlier lower court ruling by lay judges in Japan that sentenced parents accused of abusing and killing their daughter in 2010 to a harsher punishment than demanded by prosecutors. (Kyodo)
Jul 24
The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan's new national team manager. (Japan Times)
Jul 24
Police in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 65-year-old truck driver over the hit-and-run death of an 83-year-old woman who was dragged for nearly 400 meters. (Japan Today)
Jul 24
Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of murder after his flatmate was found dead. (Japan Today)
Jul 24
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a business in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports TBS News (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 23
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday visited a temporary shopping center, opened after the March 2011 disaster, in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
Jul 23
A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. (Japan Times)
Jul 23
Kasumi Tochinai, a female acquaintance of troubled musician Aska, entered an innocent plea on drug charges at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, reports Nikkan Sports (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 23
Police in Okinawa on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old woman after her 5-month-old son died in her car while she played pachinko. (Japan Today)
Jul 23
A group of residents from a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to file for state arbitration so all villagers can be entitled to equal damages regardless of radiation levels of their areas. (NHK)
Jul 23
Inventor and performance artist Showta Mori has been getting a taste of internet fame recently for his videos featuring his quick-draw, arm-mounted iPhone sleeve gun, but that's far from his only creation or even his weirdest creation. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 23
Earlier this year, a number of news outlets covered last year's launch of a Web site for the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter)