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Japan evacuates diplomats from Yemen and closes embassy

Feb 16, 2015

Japan evacuates diplomats from Yemen and closes embassy

Japan closed its embassy in Sanaa on Sunday due to a worsening security situation in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Ambassador Katsuyoshi Hayashi and four embassy officials have now left the country, the ministry said. Some of the staff will continue to ...

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

Feb 16, 2015

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

by Ryo Hashimoto

Faced with a drop in demand from global carriers, Narita International Airport is increasingly focusing on domestic flights, particularly those run by low-cost carriers. The shift is inevitable. In spring 2014, the government increased the slots available at Haneda airport in Tokyo, and airlines ...

Japan strongly condemns shootings in Copenhagen

Feb 16, 2015

Japan strongly condemns shootings in Copenhagen

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has told his Danish counterpart that the fatal shootings in Copenhagen that targeted people debating free speech deserved “strong condemnation,” the Foreign Ministry said Sunday. “I feel great anger over contemptible terrorist acts attacking the freedom of expression and different ...

Veteran rock vocalist Sheena dies at 61

Feb 15, 2015

Veteran rock vocalist Sheena dies at 61

Sheena, vocalist of veteran Japanese rock band Sheena & the Rokkets, died Saturday of cervical cancer at a Tokyo hospital, the band’s record label said. She was 61. Sheena, whose real name was Etsuko Ayukawa, formed the band with her husband Makoto Ayukawa, the ...