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    Brett Whiteley film explores wild life of internationally acclaimed artist

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    Japanese animation house in year-long campaign to promote its films locally

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    Drama master seeks to extend boundaries of secretive 650-year-old art form

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    New attraction to open in early 2020s in central Japan

  • Cambodian contemporary art comes of age

    Provocative generation of artists tackles troubled history and current woes

  • Anime legend Miyazaki returns to the director's chair

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    James Bond and Tiger Tanaka point the way as Abe and May confront regional change

  • Royalty changes strike sour note among Japan's music teachers

    Schools set to take copyright collective to court over scope of performance rights

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    Top Asian filmmakers and stars flock to Udine for casual, low-key interaction with fellow filmmakers, audiences

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    Young consumers with cash ready to splurge on Japanese content

  • Nepalese earthquake rubble inspires creative response

    Two years after deadly tremor, local artists seek meaning in aftermath of disaster

  • Chiang Mai: Thailand's modern-day Left Bank

    Evolution of Thai northern city into creative hub fuels hopes of gaining UNESCO status

  • Musician revives traditional Sarawak instrument

    Reappearance of the sape helps to update heritage of Malaysia's Kelabit people

  • Japan's gateway to Broadway to license own musicals to China

    Shiki Theater inks first deal with Chinese company to increase earnings

  • Campaign seeks return of Aboriginal artist's lost copyright

    Slighted watercolorist's landscapes now hang in Australian national museum

  • Studio-backed Japanese venture to stream anime music

    Flat-rate service seeks to fill niche poorly served by the Western names

  • Sony Music teams up with anime producer for big Asian crowds

    Festival highlights Japanese culture, manga, music

  • Human Go masters, AI begin world championship

    DeepZenGo competing with players from Japan, South Korea and China