Jun 17, 2008

Akihabara attack threat lost in message deluge

To most of Japan, the deadly stabbings in Tokyo on June 8 were an incomprehensible act of sudden and indiscriminate violence. But to readers of an obscure Web site called Extreme Exchange, Revised, the attack in the popular Akihabara shopping district that left seven ...

When natural beauty just isn't cutting it . . .

Mar 27, 2008

When natural beauty just isn't cutting it . . .

Ines Ligron is the ultimate Miss Universe insider, and she does not believe much in secrets. One of her favorite stories is of a contestant who could have won but opted for last-minute cosmetic surgery, and thus was barely able to lift her arms ...

Tree goes up for 70th Christmas

Dec 24, 2007

Tree goes up for 70th Christmas

Warren Nobuaki Iwatake’s family has seen more than its share of calamity. When he was still a child his father was lost at sea off Hawaii. With no breadwinner, his family was forced to move to Japan, where Iwatake was drafted during the war. ...

Suribachi photog's grave hunted

Jun 27, 2007

Suribachi photog's grave hunted

A U.S. team is slashing its way through thick, thorny underbrush to find a cave where a marine combat photographer was believed killed by Japanese machinegun fire nine days after he filed the iconic World War II flag-raising 62 years ago on Mount Suribachi ...

Mar 17, 2007

Scandal has fans wondering if sumo is on the take

In Japan, Asashoryu is a household name. At just 26, the Mongolian muscleman has conquered the sport of sumo, establishing himself not only as the sole wrestler worthy of the lofty honor of yokozuna, but as one of the best grand champions in sumo ...

Empress is palace's latest stress victim

Mar 15, 2007

Empress is palace's latest stress victim

It’s not easy being a woman in the Imperial family. Four years after Crown Princess Masako dropped most of her official duties to recover from what officials say is a form of depression brought about by the pressures of adjusting to life in the ...

Nov 16, 2006

Fleet targets 860 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Japan’s research whaling fleet is planning to kill 850 minke and 10 fin whales on its annual hunt in the Antarctic, according to the Fisheries Agency. The six-ship fleet left Wednesday from Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to begin this year’s hunt, the agency said. It ...

Daughters also unable to reach Asahara

Aug 17, 2006

Daughters also unable to reach Asahara

When she was finally allowed to visit her father, she found him in a wheelchair, wearing a diaper. A prison guard took notes throughout the 30-minute encounter, which took place in a small, barren room, through a plate of thick, transparent plastic. It was, ...

Nukaga calls mission to Iraq a success

Jul 1, 2006

Nukaga calls mission to Iraq a success

Japan’s 2 1/2-year military deployment in Iraq was a success that will serve as a lesson for future missions as the country moves to assume a bigger role in regional and global security, Defense Agency chief Fukushiro Nukaga said in an interview Wednesday. Tokyo ...