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Abe, hostages labeled troublemakers in conformist Japan

| Feb 6, 2015

Abe, hostages labeled troublemakers in conformist Japan

In a nation where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid “meiwaku” — causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely viewed as troublemakers. So ...

How the lives of hostages Yukawa and Goto became intertwined

Jan 22, 2015

How the lives of hostages Yukawa and Goto became intertwined

One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters. Despite their differing backgrounds and passions, their paths had crossed ...

Abe emerging as a rare strong leader

| Dec 16, 2014

Abe emerging as a rare strong leader

Most Japanese prime ministers come and go, their names soon forgotten. Yasuhiro Nakasone was an exception in the 1980s, as was Junichiro Koizumi in the early years of this century. Now, Shinzo Abe could be emerging as one of the rare strong ones after ...

Ontake eruption victims leave photos of last moments

Oct 6, 2014

Ontake eruption victims leave photos of last moments

The victims include hiking enthusiasts from a major insurance company. Members of a group of nature lovers studying wild plants. A construction manager who snapped about 100 photos — found on his scratched and dented camera — to show his wife what she was ...

Underground lab tackles trouble-plagued nuclear waste issue

Jul 15, 2014

Underground lab tackles trouble-plagued nuclear waste issue

Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan’s northern tip. Underground it’s a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town in Hokkaido that, despite government reassurances, ...