Japan’s ‘Harmonium’ wins a Cannes prize

“Fuchi Ni Tatsu,” or “Harmonium,” directed by 36-year-old Koji Fukada, was given the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard division for unique and innovative films on Saturday.

The film depicts interactions between a former prison inmate and a married couple who run a metal processing business, which invites the audience to reflect on the meaning of marriage.

In the awards ceremony, Fukada took to the stage amid loud applause. He thanked the staff and cast and said he has been supported by so many people.

The film is the first work of Fukada to be honored in Cannes.

A film by an up-and-coming Japanese director has won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, which is counted among the world’s 3 major film events. (NHK)

A 20-year-old woman was in critical condition after being repeatedly stabbed by a man Saturday before appearing at a pop idol event in Tokyo’s Koganei, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested who has admitted to stealing dozens of women’s rain gear in Mobara City, reports TBS News (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)

A group of more than 700 people have filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court seeking to block the construction of a magnetically levitated train line near their homes by Central Japan Railway Co. (Japan Today)

Yokozuna Hakuho increased his record total of grand sumo tournament championships to 37 on Saturday, when he won the 15-day summer tourney with a day to spare. (Japan Today)

Japan will accept as students 150 Syrian refugees and Syrians being evacuated within the Middle East country ravaged by civil war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. (Jiji Press)

A 19-year-old female boat racer in training has died following a collision at a school in Yanagawa City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)

Prosecutors charged a 30-year-old Peruvian man with burglary and murder Friday over the killings of six people in their homes in suburbs north of Tokyo last September.
(Japan Today)

Embattled Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday that he will leave the issue of his allegedly dubious use of political funds to a third-party investigation. (the-japan-news.com)

Following the arrest of a former U.S. Marine on charges of abandoning a woman’s body in Okinawa Prefecture, angry local residents rallied on Friday in front of U.S. Kadena Air Base, where the suspect currently works as a civilian. (Jiji Press)

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