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Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

Sep 6, 2016

Blind Shiga swimmer goes for gold in Rio

Being blind is nobody’s choice, but for Japanese swimmer Keiichi Kimura the decision to break into the world of competitive swimming — and go one further by aiming for gold at the Paralympics — was entirely his. Going to the Rio Paralympics, which starts ...

Latest base-linked crime drags SOFA pact back into spotlight

| Jun 20, 2016

Latest base-linked crime drags SOFA pact back into spotlight

A pact governing the legal status and conduct of U.S. military and nonmilitary personnel in Japan is back under the spotlight following last month’s arrest of an American civilian base worker in Okinawa Prefecture suspected of raping and killing a local Japanese woman. Fueled ...

Manga shows Hiroshima survival as one of joy

Jun 2, 2016

Manga shows Hiroshima survival as one of joy

The horror in post-bombing Hiroshima is captured in black-and-white photos of the city and its beleaguered survivors. But Taeko Tada, whose mother survived the U.S. atomic bombing at the age of 5, has a different take on the tragedy. Her self-published manga focuses on ...