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Day: 3 June 2022

japan times

Racing against time to save Japan’s traditional homes

Over the last 30 years, Alex Kerr has given 574 presentations on the cultural importance of Japan’s minka (traditional village homes). For the first 573, his audiences were filled with nothing but local bureaucrats skeptical about lifting a finger to preserve these striking properties. “They all had to be convinced that minka are not worthless but wonderful,” Kerr told the audience at the Minka Summit, the site of the noted Japanologist’s 574th such presentation. “The people who are coming to this conference are really doing (things with) minka. You don’t need to be convinced that minka are wonderful.” Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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Mario’s 9th: How video game scores landed a date at the Proms

This summer, video game music is coming to London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. As part of the BBC Proms — a summer concert series founded in 1895 — music from The Legend of Zelda, Battlefield 2042 and other well-known titles will regale audiences who might be more used to pieces from Brahms and Beethoven. In an interview with The Guardian, Proms director David Pickard said it wasn’t the right moment to previously include game music until now. Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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<CNET Japan>[ブックレビュー]“失敗”のかげにある発見とは–「セレンディピティ 点をつなぐ力」

 道に迷ってしまったとき。約束の時間を間違えて時間が空いてしまったとき。マーケティング調査で仮説と異なる結果が出たとき。そんなとき、多くの人は「失敗してしまった」と感じるだろう。こうした決めつけによって、あなたはこれまで、チャンスの種を逃してきたかもしれない。“失敗”のかげには、新たな発見や出会いが隠れていたかもしれないのだ。  本書によると、「予想外の事態」は私たちの人生に大きな影響を与える。あなたも、たまたま手に取った本をきっかけに進路を変えたり、強引に誘われて出かけたイベントで素敵な人に出会ったりしたことがあるかもしれない。著者は、そうした偶然の出来事を引き寄せ、好ましい成果につなげる力、つまりセレンディピティを起こす力は誰にでも習得可能だという。  ただ、セレンディピティが注目を集めることは驚くほど少ない。誰もが「偶然ではなく、才能あふれるこの人だから成功したのだ」と思われたいし、人は理路整然としたストーリーを好むものだからだ。それでも、セレンディピティの価値に気づける本書を読めば、世界の見え方が変わるに違いない。  本書では、偶然の出来事が思いがけない結果をもたらしたエピソードやセレンディピティを起こしやすくするトレーニングが豊富に紹介されている。著者も認めているように、世界は決してフェアではない。だが、本書を通じて「セレンディピティ・マインドセット」を身につければ、点と点をつなげ、自らの手で運命を変えることができるかもしれない。 今回ご紹介した「セレンディピティ 点をつなぐ力」の要約記事はこちら。この記事は、ビジネスパーソンのスキルや知識アップに役立つ“今読むべき本”を厳選し、要約してアプリやネットで伝える「flier(フライヤー)」からの転載になります。

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石油の追加増産、OPECプラス合意を日米歓迎 ロシアは枠組み維持

 有力産油国の枠組みである石油輸出国機構(OPEC)プラスは2日に閣僚級の会合を開き、7、8月は従来計画より増産幅を拡大することで合意した。当初はいまの小幅な増産計画を維持するとの見方が強かった。原油価格の高騰を受けて増産を求めてきた日米政府は歓迎している。 OPECプラスの生産計画からロシアが外れることも取りざたされたが、今回の会合では見送られた。 OPECプラスは昨年から毎月、日量40万バレル規模の小幅増産を繰り返してきた。これを7、8月は日量約65万バレルに引き上げる。ロシアをはじめ複数のメンバー国が計画通りの増産ができておらず、遅れを取り戻す意味合いがある。 ロシアはウクライナ侵攻によ…この記事は有料会員記事です。残り662文字有料会員になると続きをお読みいただけます。

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Japan Today

Danielle Kang playing U.S. Women's Open with tumor on spine

Danielle Kang revealed Friday that she played the first two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open with a tumor on her spine. The 29-year-old Kang, ranked No. 12 in the world, said she learned of the diagnosis “a few weeks ago” and has undergone multiple tests, but it's not clear yet whether the tumor is malignant or benign. She said doctors are also working to determine if the tumor is the cause of her back pain or a contributing factor. She plans to have further tests next week and is uncertain how much playing time she will miss. “I’ve gone through a lot of procedures so far and with the process of elimination we are narrowing it down,” Kang said. “It’s going to take time.” The American shot a 3-over 74 on Friday after an opening-round 71 at Pine Needles and was around the cut line with the afternoon wave on the course. Kang has been dealing with back pain since early April, when she withdrew from the Lotte Championship. She pulled out of the Palos Verdes Championship later that month and hasn't competed since. “My goal right now is to get through this week,” Kang said. “I wanted to make the cut. I wanted to play four rounds out here and then my focus was going to be getting better after that. The only thing on my mind has been to play the U.S. Open.” Kang said she didn't want to publicize the issue but word began to leak out. “I just don't want to discuss the details of what is going on with my back,” she said. “My priority one is to be pain-free and right now I'm not there yet.” When asked how she felt playing on Friday, Kang laughed and said, “I'm not feeling fantastic, but I'm playing golf, so that is good. I'm good enough to play and all I wanted to compete.” Outside of a triple bogey on No. 1, Kang said she is happy with the way she played Friday considering she hasn't practiced in “eight or nine weeks.” Kang turned pro in 2011 and has won six LPGA Tour events, including one major, the 2017 Women's PGA Championship. She has more than $7.5 million in career earnings. © Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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Ruud sets up French Open final against Nadal

Casper Ruud became the first Norwegian man to reach a Grand Slam final on Friday when he set up a French Open title clash with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, the man he described as his "idol". World number eight Ruud defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in a semifinal which was held up when a protester ran onto the court and tied herself by the neck to the net. She wore a shirt which bore the slogan: "We have 1028 days left" before being eventually cut free by security staff. The match resumed after a 15-minute delay. Ruud fired 16 aces and 41 winners past 2014 US Open champion Cilic. "It was a great match from my side, I didn't start the greatest but Marin played a very good first set," said the 23-year-old Norwegian. "I look up to Rafa. He's the perfect example of how to behave on the court, never gives up and never complains. He's been my idol all my life. "He's the last player of the Big Three that I've never played against, so I guess this is perfect timing. To play him in a Grand Slam final will be great. Hopefully for him too, to be playing against a student from his academy." Earlier Friday, Nadal reached the final in Paris for the 14th time when Alexander Zverev was forced to retire with an ankle injury after falling in the court. Nadal was 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 ahead when the 25-year-old world number three quit. Nadal, who turned 36 on Friday, will be playing in his 30th Grand Slam final and aims to become the oldest men's champion at Roland Garros and capture a record-extending 22nd major title. © 2022 AFP

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