Feb 9, 2015

Foreign-studies universities to train volunteer army of interpreters

The nation’s seven foreign-studies universities are planning to train a battalion of potentially thousands of students to work as interpreters during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Together, the students will encompass 27 languages and hopefully comprise a valuable asset to be deployed at conferences and ...

Goto beheaded by Islamic State militants

Feb 1, 2015

Goto beheaded by Islamic State militants

Despite an unusual lull that had raised hopes hostage Kenji Goto might be freed, many in Japan were shocked Sunday to learn the Islamic State group had apparently executed him. In a new video posted online early in the morning, the same masked man ...

Goto gets sunset deadline extension

Jan 29, 2015

Goto gets sunset deadline extension

A new audio message purportedly from hostage Kenji Goto on Thursday morning declared that Jordan must present female prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday, or Jordanian air force pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh would be executed immediately. Twitter accounts linked to ...

Jan 28, 2015

As deadline looms, Goto friends, family call for his release

Associates of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto called for his release Wednesday, as another apparent deadline in the crisis loomed. A recording that appeared on the Internet on Tuesday night showed a haggard-looking Goto in a still image accompanied by an audio recording. In ...