Aug 14, 2016

Hunt for Nazi 'gold train' resumes in Poland

Treasure hunters have relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists. “The train isn’t a needle in a haystack, if it’s there, we’ll find it,” project ...

Putin replaces chief of staff with expert on Japan

Aug 13, 2016

Putin replaces chief of staff with expert on Japan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday removed Sergei Ivanov, one of his closest aides, as chief of staff and announced the appointment of Anton Vaino, Ivanov’s deputy and an expert on Japan affairs, as his successor. Ivanov, 63, was effectively sacked, although it was ...

Government issues safety advisory in China as tensions rise

Aug 12, 2016

Government issues safety advisory in China as tensions rise

The Japanese Embassy in Beijing is urging Japanese citizens to pay more attention to safety there as sensitive anniversaries and territorial tensions might exacerbate anti-Japanese sentiment. The embassy notice cites the Aug. 15 anniversary of the end of World War II on Monday and ...

'Comfort women' statue unveiled in Sydney

Aug 6, 2016

'Comfort women' statue unveiled in Sydney

An unveiling ceremony was held Saturday for a statue intended to commemorate the issue of “comfort women” that will be installed on the grounds of a church in suburban Sydney next year. The 1.5-meter-high statue, which depicts a young girl sitting beside an empty ...

Full text of 2016 Hiroshima Peace Declaration

Aug 6, 2016

Full text of 2016 Hiroshima Peace Declaration

The following is the full text of the Peace Declaration read Saturday by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui at a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima: 1945, August 6, 8:15 a.m. Slicing through the clear blue sky, a previously ...

Aug 6, 2016

Poll finds fewer Russians oppose return of disputed islands to Japan

The proportion of people in Russia against returning the disputed Northwest Pacific islands under the country’s administration to Japan has fallen below 80 percent, a survey by a nongovernmental research organization showed Friday. According to the outcome of the survey by the Levada Analytical ...