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Dec 30, 2016

Inada's visit to war-linked shrine draws U.S. criticism

U.S. officials have reacted negatively to Defense Minister Tomomi Inada’s visit Thursday to a controversial war-linked shrine just after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama. “We continue to emphasize the importance of approaching historical legacy issues in ...

Dec 30, 2016

Parties prep candidates for next Lower House election

A total of 931 people are preparing to run in the next election for the House of Representatives, the Diet’s lower chamber, a survey showed Thursday. They will vie for 295 seats in single-seat constituencies and 180 proportional representation seats. The ruling Liberal Democratic ...

Tokyo bar actually model 'secret base' for Gundam fanatics

Dec 30, 2016

Tokyo bar actually model 'secret base' for Gundam fanatics

A small bar in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward is becoming popular with middle-aged men who like to make plastic models of characters from the “Mobile Suit Gundam” cartoon. “It’s like a secret base,” said Kentaro Nonaka, 36, a company worker who lives in adjacent Suginami ...