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Jul 31, 2015

Ferry catches fire off Hokkaido; all passengers rescued

A ferry with nearly 100 passengers and crew caught fire Friday off the coast of Hokkaido, according to the Japan Coast Guard and media reports. A distress call was made at 5:32 p.m. as the Sunflower Daisetsu with 94 people aboard sailed about 50 ...

Searchers on Mount Ontake finds one body

Jul 31, 2015

Searchers on Mount Ontake finds one body

A body was discovered Friday on Mount Ontake as authorities resumed searching for six people missing since the volcano erupted last autumn. It is not yet known whether the body is male or female. The Nagano Prefectural Police was working to identify the remains ...

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

Jul 31, 2015

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

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International students and workers in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward slipped into yukata summer kimono and enjoyed traditional folk dancing Friday during the district’s second annual summer festival. Held at a Shibuya hotel, the dance event aims to promote international exchanges as well as Japanese culture ...

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Jul 31, 2015

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Organizers of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, which gets underway this Sunday, will not allow much-awaited floats based on “Star Wars” characters to parade on the city’s streets, fearing they go against the festival’s cultural tradition and would attract too many visitors, causing turmoil. Residents ...

Jul 31, 2015

Women make up 23% of people who passed 2015 civil servant exam

Women accounted for 22.9 percent of the people who passed the career-track national civil servant examination in fiscal 2015, matching the record high registered in 2012, government data showed Friday. Of the 1,726 people who passed the exam, 395 were women, the second most ...