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 ...

Oct 31, 2004

U.S. troops here turning out in droves to vote

From the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk to the barracks of Camp Zama, this week’s U.S. presidential election has a special resonance for America’s troops abroad. With a war raging and the race just days away, the turnout in Japan is expected ...

Yasukuni no closer to being out of harsh spotlight

Aug 10, 2004

Yasukuni no closer to being out of harsh spotlight

In Japan, August is a time to remember World War II. Huge gatherings were held Friday in Hiroshima and Monday in Nagasaki to mark the atomic bombings. Then, on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender, the late Emperor Hirohito’s son will offer his annual prayer ...

These scientists stick to their harpoons

May 11, 2004

These scientists stick to their harpoons

In a cramped laboratory, a biologist with the Institute of Cetacean Research prepares plugs taken from whales’ ears for age analysis. Scientists study their reproductive habits and food sources, along with the mercury levels in their tissue. And then, of course, there’s the guy ...

Space agency gropes to regroup

Dec 5, 2003

Space agency gropes to regroup

Japan’s Mars probe is in trouble. Its weather satellites are breaking down. And its latest attempt to put a pair of spy satellites into orbit ended last weekend in a 110 billion yen fireball. While rival China is basking in the glory of its ...

Tokyo pauses briefly to fete 400th year

Nov 12, 2003

Tokyo pauses briefly to fete 400th year

From his 14th floor office window, Tsunenari Tokugawa can almost see the exact spot where his ancestors settled four centuries ago. It’s just a few blocks away — but it might as well be in another universe. Banished from power more than a century ...