“Living while Black in Japan” is a short documentary made by filmmaking couple Keith Bedford and Shiho Fukada about what it’s like for Black Americans living in Japan.
About the film: The documentary, uploaded to NPR’s YouTube channel, features three women and three men from the Black American community in Japan who shared their views on sensitive topics such as police and racism in the U.S.
A prefecture in Japan is re-using 800 cardboard “anti-sex” beds that were used in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for COVID-19 patients.
The details: Osaka Governor Hiro Yoshimura has confirmed that the beds will be set up at a temporary medical facility in Osaka by the end of September, the Japan Times reported.
Suspected Yakuza member attacks ‘Battle Royale’ star Beat Takeshi with a pickaxe after begging for a start in showbiz
Veteran Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi, was recently attacked inside of his car by a disgruntled fan with a pickaxe.
What happened: Kitano, 74, was leaving the Tokyo premises of the TBS television network with his driver when a fan suddenly attacked his vehicle several times on Saturday night, according to the Associated Press. The suspect, whose identity was not revealed, was subsequently arrested at the scene.
Scottish Fold superstar Motimaru breaks world record for most views for a cat on YouTube with nearly 620 million views
Motimaru, a Scottish Fold male cat from Japan, is now a Guinness World Record holder for “Most views for a cat on YouTube” after reaching more than half a billion total views on his channel “motimaru’s diary.”
Establishing a record: Motimaru, or known by his millions of viewers as “Moti-sama,” was certified on Aug. 12 when the superstar cat’s channel hit a total of 619,586,260 views, according to Guinness World Records. Since then, the channel’s total views have already grown to 687,878,088.
Japanese Princess to reject $1.36 million pay for female royals, expected to live as commoner in US after marriage
Japan’s Princess Mako will finally marry her long-term boyfriend, Kei Komuro, and renounce her royal title by the end of this year.
Royal traditions: Princess Mako will become the first woman in the Imperial family to skip traditional marriage ceremonies in its postwar history when she marries.
A court in Japan issued a historic ruling by sentencing a Yakuza boss to death on Aug. 24 for his alleged involvement in four assaults, which killed one of the victims.
The case: The public hearing linked Kudo-kai head Satoru Nomura, 74, and his second-in-command Fumio Tanoue, 65, to the civilian attacks purportedly carried out by Kudo-kai members, reported Mainichi.
Japanese actor and legendary martial artist Shin’ichi “Sonny” Chiba, who inspired countless film icons including director Quentin Tarantino, passed away at the age of 82.
What happened: On Thursday, Chiba’s management company announced that Chiba, an action superstar popularly known for his role in “Kill Bill,” had passed away due to complications with COVID-19, according to NPR.
Maki Kaji, creator of the puzzle game Sudoku, has passed away at 69, his publishing company, Nikoli, announced on Tuesday.
The details: Kaji died in his home in Tokyo at 10:54 p.m. on Aug. 10. He suffered from bile duct cancer, a rare form of cancer that affects the ducts connecting the liver, gallbladder and small intestine.
Emperor Naruhito conveys ‘deep remorse’ for Japan’s actions in 76th anniversary of WWII surrender, still no apology
Japanese Emperor Naruhito expressed “deep remorse” for Japan’s atrocities in World War II on Sunday, which marked the 76th anniversary of the country’s surrender to Allied forces.
A prevailing message: Naruhito, whose role as emperor is mostly ceremonial, is a grandson of Emperor Hirohito, the man who led Japan during the war. He delivered his message — which was largely similar from last year’s — in an annual memorial ceremony in Tokyo.
A Japanese Serbian woman, who helped a Jamaican Olympic hurdler get a taxi after he was at risk of missing his race, is being rewarded with a free trip to Jamaica.
The good deed: Hansle Parchment, 31, posted an Instagram video on Aug. 7 thanking Olympic volunteer Trijana Stojkovic for helping him make the finals.
Olympics officials have replaced the gold medal won by softball team member Miu Goto at the 2020 Tokyo Games after Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura bit the first one at an event last week.
The controversial bite: Goto, 20, paid a courtesy visit to Nagoya’s city hall on Aug. 4 to report the victory of Japan’s softball team against Team USA 2-0, according to Kyodo News.
Members of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympics Games have asked athletes to stop biting their medals in front of the camera.
What was said: The committee took to Twitter on Sunday to remind athletes that the medals should not be eaten, according to The Independent.