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Apr 29, 2015

Governor raps renewed deal on Okinawa base

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Wednesday he felt “strong resentment” toward the reaffirmation by Japanese and U.S. leaders of their plan to relocate a U.S. military base within the island prefecture. Onaga, who was elected last year on an antibase relocation platform, told a ...

Apr 29, 2015

Swedish Embassy honors entrepreneurs

Six entrepreneurs — four Japanese and one each from Hong Kong and the United States — were given awards for their innovative achievements in a ceremony at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo this week. At the fifth annual ceremony held Monday, six special prizes ...

Apr 29, 2015

Akie Abe meets U.S. students learning in Japanese

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie Abe, visited a U.S. elementary school on Tuesday that operates a Japanese immersion program, saying she hopes the students will acquire a deep interest in the culture. Abe, who was accompanied by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, was ...

Visa overstayers march for right to remain in Japan

Apr 29, 2015

Visa overstayers march for right to remain in Japan

by Tomohiro Osaki

Visa overstayers facing deportation orders marched through Tokyo’s Ginza district on Wednesday afternoon, pleading for permission to remain in a country that many have called home for decades. Organized by nonprofit organization Asian People’s Friendship Society (APFS), the parade featured about 70 of visa ...

Apr 29, 2015

Casino bill resubmitted to House of Representatives

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two opposition parties submitted a bill to the House of Representatives on Tuesday that, if passed, would lift a ban on casinos. The LDP, Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) and the Party for Future Generations jointly proposed ...