The evocative power of contemporary Japanese architecture

Muku Kindergarten, in Shizuoka (Japan), 2018, by Tezuka Architects. KIDA KATSUHISA / FOTOTECA We could have done less confusing as an introduction to an exhibition devoted to contemporary Japanese architecture than a presentation on the history of the Asile Flotant, the barge that Le Corbusier had rehabilitated in 1929 at the request of the Army. … Read more

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned to Earth after twelve days in space

Yusaku Maezawa exits the Soyuz module after landing in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on December 20, 2021. ROSCOSMOS / VIA REUTERS Yusaku Maezawa is done with his time in space. The whimsical Japanese billionaire, accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Missurkin, has landed after spending twelve days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). … Read more

Russia sends Japanese billionaire into space

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is about to take off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on December 8, 2021. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP Russia is set to make a comeback in the lucrative business of orbital tourism, sending a Japanese billionaire into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). On Wednesday, December 8, the … Read more

Snow monkeys go fishing to survive harsh Japanese winters

Journal Reference: Alexander M. Milner, Susanna A. Wood, Catherine Docherty, Laura Biessy, Masaki Takenaka, Koji Tojo. Winter diet of Japanese macaques from Chubu Sangaku National Park, Japan incorporates freshwater biota. Scientific Reports, 2021; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-01972-2 The snow monkey (Japanese macaque Macaca fuscata) is native to the main islands of Japan, except Hokkaido. The … Read more

Teleworking, unloved by Japanese workers

Chronic. Japan is no exception to the rise in the use of telecommuting observed since the start of the pandemic. In spring 2020, teleworking affected up to 25% of Japanese employees against 6% before the crisis. However, at the same time, their productivity fell by around 20% on average. These are the two main results … Read more