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Aug 6, 2014

U.S. officials met with comfort women representatives

A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said Tuesday its officials met last week with two representatives of Korean women who were forced to work at wartime Japanese military brothels. “At their request, two members of the House of Sharing met State Department officials ...

Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 6, 2014

Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

Hiroshima marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing Wednesday, as survivors of the attack and others gathered at the city’s Peace Memorial Park early in the morning to pay their respects and to attend an annual ceremony commemorating the event. At the ...

Aug 6, 2014

Sasebo suspect reportedly kept cat head in fridge

The 16-year-old schoolgirl in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, who has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering a classmate kept a severed cat head in her refrigerator, according to a media report. The teen was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering Aiwa Matsuo, 15, after ...

Aug 6, 2014

Full text of Hiroshima Peace Declaration 2014

Following is the full text of the Peace Declaration issued Wednesday by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima: Summer, 69 years later. The burning sun takes us back to “that day.” August ...

Aug 6, 2014

Neputa lantern lift apparatus kills festival participant

A man in his 40s who was participating in the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri Festival in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, was found apparently crushed to death Tuesday evening while getting a huge Neputa lantern ready for the parade, it was reported. The man was from the ...

Aug 6, 2014

Moderate quake jolts parts of Kyoto, Osaka

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 shook parts of Kyoto and Osaka prefectures early Wednesday morning. The 1:17 a.m. quake originated in southern Kyoto Prefecture at a depth of around 10 km, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami alert has been issued. ...

Aug 6, 2014

21 GSDF members injured as truck overturns on expressway

Twenty-one Ground Self-Defense Force members were injured Tuesday when the truck they were riding in overturned on the Tohoku Expressway in Sendai, police and firefighters said. Three of the GSDF members sustained serious injuries, including broken bones, in the accident, which took place at ...