Mika Yamamoto, an award-winning veteran journalist who was killed Monday during fighting in Aleppo in northern Syria, had a reputation of being a tough and careful reporter, according to her peers.
Yamamoto was known for her coverage of conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Uganda, and was a leading video journalist in Japan.
"She was a veteran. She could cover anything," said freelance journalist Takeharu Watai, 41, who has also reported from conflict zones. "She was careful in doing her coverage. I can't believe (she has died)."
Jiro Ishimaru of the journalist group Asia Press said: "She wasn't a reckless type. (Her death) could mean that the Syrian clash was so fierce that even she could not have avoided the accident."
The Japanese word "choju," meaning longevity, implies, with its kanji, joyous celebration of long life. Intrinsically, it is a joyful thing for people to live long. But if a society has many people who age in solitude, isolated from their families and local communities, it cannot be called choju. It should rather be called "roka shakai," or a society that weakens as it ages. (Yomiuri )
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has ended his official visit to Spain after a trip to a Christian pilgrimage site in the northwest. His visit marked the 400th anniversary of relations between the 2 countries. (NHK )