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Mar 19, 2015

Three die while working on Nyuto Hot Spring in Akita

Three men died after they were found suffering cardiac arrest in a hot spring village in northeastern Japan, police said. Firefighters suspect the men were exposed to hydrogen sulfide. The three were working to adjust the temperature and amount of hot water near a ...

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Mar 19, 2015

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Japan will provide $16.2 million in assistance to back U.N. activities for the welfare of people displaced from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas. The announcement was made Tuesday at a joint ceremony attended by Japanese Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Takashi Katae and U.N. Resident ...

Asahara daughter speaks out on '95 sarin attack

Mar 19, 2015

Asahara daughter speaks out on '95 sarin attack

The fourth daughter of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara recently expressed regret over the sarin nerve gas attack the doomsday cult carried out on the Tokyo subway system on March 20, 1995. The gassing 20 years ago killed 13 people and left more than ...

Mar 19, 2015

A-bomb survivor groups condemn Putin remark on nuclear readiness

Atomic-bomb survivor groups in Nagasaki and Hiroshima have condemned a recent remark by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he was ready to put his country’s nuclear weapons on alert amid the crisis in Ukraine last year. Five Nagasaki-based groups said Wednesday they will send ...

Mar 19, 2015

China in shock after Japanese girl wins brain battle

by Ben Dooley

China’s loss to Japan on a popular game show devoted to mental athletics has left the country’s netizens atwitter and provoked some national soul-searching. The battleground was the popular television show “Super Brain,” and the eventual winner a 9-year-old Japanese girl. The series is ...

Mar 19, 2015

In Ontake's wake, Fuji climbers will be advised to don helmets

After more than 60 people died when a volcano erupted without warning last year, climbers tackling Mount Fuji, the nation’s highest peak, will be urged to wear a helmet and goggles, officials said. The dormant 3,776-meter volcano last erupted in 1707 but geologists think ...

Mar 19, 2015

Miyagi mayor sued for sexual harassment dissolves village assembly

The mayor in the village of Ohira, Miyagi Prefecture, dissolved the village assembly this week after he was sued for alleged acts of sexual harassment. Ohira, population 5,563, dissolved its 14-member assembly on Tuesday after it passed a vote of no-confidence against Mayor Masahiro ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Mar 18, 2015

USJ plans to open new theme park in Okinawa

The chief executive officer of the operator of Universal Studios Japan said Wednesday it plans to open a new theme park in Okinawa, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, to expand its entertainment business in Asia. USJ Co. CEO Glenn Gumpel ...