Lithuania won't recognize Crimea referendum: envoy

Mar 14, 2014

Lithuania won't recognize Crimea referendum: envoy

As Sunday’s referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea approaches, the visiting Lithuanian foreign minister called Russia’s de facto occupation of the territory an act of aggression against a sovereign nation and said the Baltic state will not recognize the election results. Following what he described as ...

Tohoku kids stressed, haunted by trauma

| Mar 10, 2014

Tohoku kids stressed, haunted by trauma

Almost every day around a dozen students seek out nurse Akemi Idogawa at their temporary junior high school in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, hoping she will help ease their trauma. Many at the prefabricated school, in the city’s Odaka district, also live in temporary housing, ...

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

Mar 7, 2014

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people with his lies. However, the 50-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture flatly denied composer Takashi Niigaki’s claim that he is not deaf, saying he is preparing ...

Kishida prods Tehran counterpart on Iran nuclear program

Mar 5, 2014

Kishida prods Tehran counterpart on Iran nuclear program

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Wednesday in Tokyo and urged him to continue making efforts to reach a final agreement with the Western powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. “Japan welcomes the steady implementation of the Joint ...

Student seeks Japan-Russia isle thaw

Feb 10, 2014

Student seeks Japan-Russia isle thaw

For Yuki Nishida, 23, the Soviet Union and Russia had long been the frightening foes who seized Kunashiri Island, where his grandmother lived, after Japan’s World War II surrender. His 78-year-old grandmother routinely told Nishida about her agonizing days in 1945 when the Soviets ...

Samuragochi's ghostwriter speaks

Feb 6, 2014

Samuragochi's ghostwriter speaks

The man who ghostwrote works credited to “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi for the past 18 years stepped forward Thursday as his “partner in crime.”

Jan 31, 2014

Japan, Russia discuss territorial issue

The deputy foreign ministers of Japan and Russia met Friday in Tokyo to resume talks for settling the long-standing territorial dispute over the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido. Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama is representing Japan while the Russian delegation is led by Deputy Foreign ...

War redress reversal in South Korea

| Jan 27, 2014

War redress reversal in South Korea

Recent South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate Koreans who were forced to perform labor for them during the war have cast a shadow on already strained bilateral ties. In July, the Seoul High Court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. ...

Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge

Jan 20, 2014

Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge

As Japan marked the coldest day on the calendar Monday, the mercury fell to its lowest point this winter in many places across the archipelago, the Meteorological Agency said. The frigid weather is likely to remain later this week, and the agency predicts temperatures ...