Mar 11, 2015

Victims of 3/11 remembered four years on

As Japan marked the fourth anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the Tohoku region, relatives and friends of those killed in the disaster gathered to offer prayers for the victims. Many people gathered early Wednesday to pray in ...

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

Jan 27, 2015

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

The voices of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: “I don’t want to come here anymore!” The survivors were ...

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

Jan 17, 2015

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

by Eric Johnston

A crowd of nearly 14,000 gathered at a park early Saturday to light candles in remembrance of those who died. As incense wafted through the air, the dark, chilly morning was pierced by a moment of silence at exactly 5:46 a.m. “I lost my ...

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, ...