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27 Apr
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Boston on Sunday for a closely watched weeklong visit to the United States. He and his wife Akie began with a tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and a dinner hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Abe speaks at Harvard's…
27 Apr
There is still time to save lives — that's why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle. U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, said preventing the spread of disease is one of the most important…
27 Apr
Revellers wear costumes during the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday. Thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders (LGBT) and their supporters participated in the parade to celebrate LGBT lifestyle and denounce prejudice and discrimination against sexual minorities.
27 Apr
Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. The military said it carried out the strike after troops saw "a group of armed terrorists" approach the border with an explosive intended to target Israeli…
27 Apr
In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia's North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West. The two-hour documentary, which aired Sunday on the state-owned Rossiya-1 TV channel, is dedicated to Putin's 15 years in office.…
27 Apr
Apple Watches have arrived to the first group of people who had ordered one two weeks ago. Those who haven't bought one yet will likely face a wait. Apple's retail stores won't have them, with the company taking orders over the Internet only — for delivery as late as July…
27 Apr
One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world's top industrialised nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it's solar energy that is becoming the alternative. Solar power is set to…
27 Apr
The South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people. "We are not sure which actions or behavior of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting," the…
27 Apr
Japan’s 140-member supergroup AKB48 is holding its second annual draft next month, in which sub-teams will choose new members from a draft of 48 young hopefuls. And among the finalists is one of the youngest potential members the group has ever seen. Unlike the rest of AKB48’s members, who are…
27 Apr
I have friends with unusual abilities. Some can easily chat when they’re standing 50 meters apart, with no assistance from any form of electronic device; others can mix a drink to order in pitch darkness, with no need for any form of artificial light. I got to know these people…
27 Apr
French police have detained three people in an investigation into an alleged plot to attack a church near Paris, authorities said Sunday. The three are suspected of possible links to Sid Ahmed Ghlam, the chief suspect in the thwarted attack. The investigation has revived security concerns in France, tense after…
27 Apr
Japan's Kei Nishikori claimed his second consecutive Barcelona Open title on Sunday with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 over Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Andujar had upset Rafael Nadal's conquerer Fabio Fognini and David Ferrer on his route to the final and made the perfect start by breaking the world number five's serve…
27 Apr
Japan is a country that values fiscal responsibility and economic security, and that can influence how people judge a possible romantic partner. For example, we previously looked at a survey in which an overwhelming number of women said they’d rather date a man who’s ugly but rich than a guy…
27 Apr
An Asiana Airways plane was removed from the runway at Hiroshima airport on Sunday, 12 days after it smashed into a communications antenna as it came in to land. The number of landings and takeoffs had been limited because the Airbus A320 had remained untouched since the accident about 120…
27 Apr
Tom Slayton, a former senior rice trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who implemented an earlier U.S.-Japan rice agreement in the 1980s. (Bloomberg)
27 Apr
Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations. Obama has been stepping…
27 Apr
A police inspector on Sunday submitted to voluntary questioning about an incident in which he is accused of groping a woman on a train earlier this month. According to police, the 56-year-old officer is an instructor at a police academy in Sakai, and he was on a temporary assignment to…
27 Apr
Candidates supported by Japan's ruling party were expected to defeat opposition rivals in at least two of the five mayoral elections Sunday, media reported, boosting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic reform drive. Candidates backed by the Liberal Democratic Party were set to win in Oita and Kyotanabe in Kyoto, according…
27 Apr
Australia remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for Japanese travellers. In 2014, about 340,000 Japanese visited Australia, generating more than $1.3 billion in total expenditure, according to Tourism Australia. Tourism Australia conducts campaigns for the Japanese market each year, ranging from restaurant promotions (most recently an Australian-inspired feast…
27 Apr
Traditional festivals and amazing fireworks displays take place all across Japan during July and August. Plus, it looks like there’s a new annual summer event now, as the city of Yokohama is going to once again be overrun by Pikachus this year, and this time it sounds like all 1,000-plus…
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