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Obama assures Abe on Senkakus

Apr 24, 2014

Obama assures Abe on Senkakus

by Mizuho Aoki

President Barack Obama says Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that the mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.

Obama meets abductees' kin, pledges to help solve issue

Apr 24, 2014

Obama meets abductees' kin, pledges to help solve issue

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged at a meeting Thursday with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea that the United States will work with Japan to address the long-running issue, one of the attendees said. Sakie and Shigeru Yokota, the parents of Megumi Yokota, ...

Obama urges science students to bolster U.S.-Japan ties

Apr 24, 2014

Obama urges science students to bolster U.S.-Japan ties

Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama expressed hope Thursday that Japanese students will work closely with their U.S. peers to continue their tradition of cooperation over scientific and technological breakthroughs. “Young people like you have at your fingertips more technology and more power than even ...

Osaka police crack down on reckless cyclists

Apr 24, 2014

Osaka police crack down on reckless cyclists

The Osaka Prefectural Police are stiffening their crackdown on reckless cyclists following a sharp increase in serious accidents. One of the most notorious problem areas has been the famous Tenjinbashisuji shopping street in the city of Osaka, where the use of bicycles has been ...

Apr 24, 2014

Fukushima completes culling of radioactive herd in hot zone

The Fukushima Prefectural Government has finished culling 1,692 abandoned cows in the 20-km radius hot zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, prefectural officials said Wednesday. About 3,500 cows owned by 315 livestock farmers were in the area before the March 2011 Great ...

Apr 24, 2014

Politician knocks Obama's marriage

President Barack Obama’s Tokyo visit may have generated the kind of media attention normally associated with a Paul McCartney concert. But one Japanese politician, at least, didn’t seem too excited. Kazuyuki Hamada, an Upper House member from the New Renaissance Party, attacked Obama earlier ...

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

Apr 24, 2014

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

by Chikako Mogi

At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town’s vitality by luring away its youth. “I want to cook and serve ...