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Sep 4, 2014

U.S. official urges Japan to reconsider research whaling plan

A U.S. official urged Japan on Wednesday to reconsider its plan to continue hunting whales for scientific research despite receiving an order to cease by the International Court of Justice. “We continue to view lethal scientific research as unnecessary in modern whale conservation and ...

Facial recognition trials resume at Narita, Haneda airports

Sep 4, 2014

Facial recognition trials resume at Narita, Haneda airports

Automated facial-recognition tests are underway at Narita and Haneda airports in a stated attempt to reduce lines at passport control. The facial-recognition trials are also focused, however, on examining whether machines can accurately identify passengers not only when standing before a camera, but also ...

Sep 4, 2014

Virgin axes Narita-Heathrow route

Virgin Atlantic Airways is pulling the plug on its route between Narita airport and London’s Heathrow Airport. The final flight from Heathrow to Narita will depart on Jan. 31, while the last Heathrow-bound flight from Narita will take off Feb. 1, the British carrier ...

Sep 4, 2014

Putin hails Soviet victory over Japan in courting Mongolia

Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Imperial Japanese Army as a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan Bator on Wednesday, despite a risk of upsetting Tokyo. Putin’s reference to the battles of Khalkhin Gol could ...

In many nations, men still dominate Cabinet posts

Sep 3, 2014

In many nations, men still dominate Cabinet posts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed five women to the 18-member Cabinet on Wednesday in a small but symbolic step toward gender equality in government, which remains male-dominated in many nations. Globally, the percentage of women in ministerial posts stood at 17 percent in January, ...

Sep 3, 2014

China hopes new Cabinet will work toward better relations

China expressed hope Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new Cabinet lineup will help ease the tense relations between the two nations. “We hope that Abe’s Cabinet members will all be active promoters of the improvement and development of Sino-Japanese relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman ...