First anniversary of fatal Izu-Oshima mudslides marked

Oct 16, 2014

First anniversary of fatal Izu-Oshima mudslides marked

Officials and residents of an island south of Tokyo gathered Thursday to mourn the victims of mud slides that left 39 residents dead and missing a year ago. Typhoon Wipha hit Izu-Oshima Island on Oct. 16, 2013, triggering flash floods that ripped through town ...

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

Sep 18, 2014

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

The anniversary Thursday of a 1931 incident that led to Japan’s occupation of northeastern China was marked by tight security as the two countries struggle to improve relations strained in recent years over a territorial dispute and historical issues. A ceremony to mark the ...

Collaboration project planned for Hello Kitty, Bunshun Bunko

Sep 1, 2014

Collaboration project planned for Hello Kitty, Bunshun Bunko

Sanrio Co. and publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. will collaborate in the fall to celebrate the 40th anniversary of both the popular Hello Kitty character and the Bunshun Bunko paperback series. The long-established publishing house hopes that the unique collaboration will help increase readers, mainly women, ...

Spain train driver apologizes one year after deadly crash

Jul 25, 2014

Spain train driver apologizes one year after deadly crash

A year after a train flew off the tracks on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, the driver on Thursday asked for forgiveness in an open letter to the victims. “I feel a great deal of pain ...

1,000 visitors get roses on Skytree's second birthday

May 22, 2014

1,000 visitors get roses on Skytree's second birthday

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcast tower, marked the second anniversary of its opening Thursday. To commemorate the day, rose saplings were to be presented to 1,000 visitors. The tower will also be lit in 12 different illumination patterns every night through June 1. ...

Feb 22, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city’s botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador ...

Jan 31, 2014

Swiss festival to mark 150 years of ties with Japan

A four-day festival of Swiss culture starting next week in Tokyo will set the stage for a year of events planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Japan, Swiss Ambassador Urs Bucher said Friday. The events are designed to be as ...