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Penguin park opens in Shinjuku

Jul 16, 2016

Penguin park opens in Shinjuku

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JR Shinjuku Station held a ceremony to unveil a new park and bronze penguin statue representing the mascot for East Japan Railway Co.’s (JR East) Suica IC card at its recently opened south exit, on Saturday. Station officials hope the nature-themed artwork will rival ...

Expanded Hearn museum reopens in Shimane

Jul 16, 2016

Expanded Hearn museum reopens in Shimane

A museum in Shimane Prefecture reopened on Saturday with more exhibition space for the personal effects and books of naturalized Japanese writer Lafcadio Hearn, also known as Yakumo Koizumi. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in Matsue had been closed since January for a renewal ...

TPP, security dog Clinton, Trump presidential bids

Jul 16, 2016

TPP, security dog Clinton, Trump presidential bids

With the Republican and Democratic parties set to hold their respective national conventions later this month, trade and Asian security have emerged as contentious issues for their presumptive presidential nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Amid a populist surge in the United States in ...

Two killed in cargo ship collision in Seto Inland Sea

Jul 15, 2016

Two killed in cargo ship collision in Seto Inland Sea

Two cargo ships collided Friday morning in the Seto Inland Sea off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, killing two men and injuring another, the Japan Coast Guard has said. The dead were identified as Fumihiko Kita, 50, the captain of the 499-ton Yamato Maru No. 8, ...

Jul 15, 2016

Japan consumer watchdog warns men against quick foreskin snip

A consumer group is warning Japanese men to exercise extreme caution before undergoing foreskin surgery after a spate of eye-watering mishaps on the operating table. In a report definitely not for the squeamish, the National Consumer Affairs Center (NCAC) revealed customer service and other ...