'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

May 12, 2014

'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

The popular manga series “Oishinbo” came under fire again Monday after a character based on a real-life former mayor refers to Fukushima Prefecture in its latest issue as unlivable because of the radiation leaking from the ruined power plant there. The Fukushima Prefectural Government ...

May 9, 2014

Wiser Abe Cabinet logs record 500 days in office

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday marked the 500th day since its inception in December 2012, extending its record as the longest-serving lineup in the postwar era. The previous record was set by a Cabinet led by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato more than ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...

Apr 24, 2014

Did Barack, Shinzo get down to sushi or business?

U.S. President Barack Obama had his first session with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday in Tokyo, treated at what is often touted as the best-ever sushi bar in Japan: Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Abe greeted Obama, who rushed straight from Haneda ...

Apr 18, 2014

MSDF armada masses; first order is curry contest

One key mission of a group of 15 Maritime Self-Defense Force warships, including four of the nation’s six state-of-the-art Aegis destroyers, is generating a nationwide buzz on the Internet. The ships will gather Saturday at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Why so ...

Apr 17, 2014

Cabinet gets Diet OK to use cellphones during crises

Cabinet members may now use cellphones, smartphones and tablet computers to receive emergency notifications from their secretaries during Diet sessions, the Lower House decided Thursday. The use of high-tech gadgets was officially forbidden during Diet sessions, but Cabinet members can now use smartphones to ...