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29 May
Participants clad in traditional "happi" coats carry a "mikoshi," or portable shrine during a festival parade on a street near Yushima Tenjin shrine in Tokyo, on Sunday. The shrine, where the spirit of a renowned scholar is believed to be enshrined, receives a lot of students praying for success in…
29 May
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish won in his first Major League Baseball start after almost 22 months, striking out seven batters in five innings in returning from elbow surgery. The 29-year-old Japanese right-hander threw 51 strikes among his 81 pitches against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing one run on three…
29 May
"Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill." With those seven words, calmly announced over the intercom system, an eerie silence overtook a bustling elementary school of 650 students in suburban Indianapolis. Lights were turned off and blinds shut. In some classrooms, doors were barricaded with small desks and chairs. From…
29 May
Tak Fujita, of Irving, Texas, holds up a sign for Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish of Japan, during batting practice before a baseball game between the Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.
29 May
A flotilla of ships saved 668 migrants Saturday from smugglers' boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, Italian authorities said — bringing the week's total of migrants plucked from the sea to a staggering 13,000 people. The rescues by the Italian coast guard and navy…
29 May
While the leaders of Japan and the United States standing side by side near ground zero in Hiroshima highlighted their robust security alliance, atomic-bomb survivors, activists and experts believe Japan must ponder its own role in global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons. "Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering.…
29 May
Apple Inc is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles. For more than a year, Silicon Valley has been buzzing about Apple's plan to build…
29 May
Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years — even as it loses ground elsewhere in the…
29 May
Who hasn’t been fascinated by the ninja and their legendary skills? Well, this special ninja exhibit should certainly help you learn more about their mysterious world! We all love ninjas, don’t we? But how much do we really know about them? Although much about these “secret agents” of the feudal…
29 May
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his aides Saturday that he intends to push back the planned hike of the country's sales tax to October 2019 from April 2017, according to a source close to the matter. Abe said at a press conference Friday following the Group of Seven summit meeting…
29 May
Japan will cut reliance on nuclear power when it releases an updated energy plan as early as next year, reflecting public opposition and a recognition that current policy is unrealistic, three sources familiar with official thinking told Reuters. The move is expected to boost the country's use of renewable energy,…
29 May
SOMEATT, a social networking service (SNS) developed by Synergy Networks to help tourists in Japan enjoy local spots and interact with the locals, recently revamped its web design and added new features for users to post their own events. The online service goes beyond usual famous spots offered in packaged…
29 May
The latest way to get a good night’s sleep in Japan is, apparently, by drinking water made by Coca Cola. A lot has been written about Japanese work culture, which encourages long hours, late nights, and bizarre sleeping positions on the train. With the nation’s residents in dire need of…
29 May
Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip on Saturday in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria's oil production in half, militants and residents said. A new militant group, calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, reported in social media that they had dynamited…
29 May
NTT DOCOMO has achieved the world's first wireless real-time transmission of 8K video deploying radio access technology for 5G mobile communications systems, in a trial jointly conducted with Nokia. The transmission of ultra-high-resolution 8K video was achieved by a combination of an experimental system jointly developed by DOCOMO and Nokia,…
29 May
The Japanese Diet has passed reform bills to make it easier for welfare authorities to raid homes when they suspect child abuse and to require the involvement of a full range of child welfare specialists in handling cases as instances of child abuse increase. Under the new child abuse prevention…
29 May
A bill legalizing medically-assisted suicide in Canada strikes the right balance between defending fundamental freedoms and protecting against abuses, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday, predicting confusion if it is not approved. The draft legislation, introduced by Trudeau's Liberal government in April, would allow people with incurable illnesses or…
29 May
If any of you fine people out there have been following the presidential nomination contests leading up to the next U.S. presidential election in November, you might be aware that young, first-time voters have been coming out in droves compared to past elections, and in record-breaking numbers. Many of them…
29 May
He's a fugitive on Interpol's Red List and a marine vigilante who's done jail time for extradition requests. Yet to many, he's also a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and those of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter. Love him or…
29 May
Renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa will not be conducting performances of Ravel's "L'Enfant et Les Sortileges" (The Child and the Spells) in September in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, due to a lack of physical strength stemming from overwork, organizers said. The opera performances on Sept 6 and 9 at the Matsumoto Performing…
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