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Sep 23, 2014

Retailers gear up for expanded duty-free program

Retailers across Japan are preparing to welcome foreign tourists when all goods, including consumable ones such as cosmetics and food, become duty free next month. They are moving to increase the number of duty-free counters as they pin hopes that the expanded coverage will ...

Sep 23, 2014

Abe restates desire to meet with Chinese leader

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated his strong desire to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November. Abe confirmed in a question-and-answer session at Columbia University on Monday that he will attend the Asia-Pacific Cooperation forum summit in Beijing that month, and said ...

Sep 23, 2014

Hackers access Justice Ministry data on bullying

The Justice Ministry has revealed one of its computer networks was hacked and that some information may have been stolen. The ministry is assessing the extent of the damage, officials said Monday, adding that data on school bullying, abuse and other human rights violations ...

Aso volcano area designated as a Global Geopark

Sep 23, 2014

Aso volcano area designated as a Global Geopark

The Aso volcano area in Kumamoto Prefecture was designated Tuesday as a Global Geopark, a site with geological heritage of world significance. The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) made the designation under a UNESCO-backed program at a meeting in Canada. Aso is the seventh Global ...

Japanese-American admiral named next Pacific Command chief

Sep 23, 2014

Japanese-American admiral named next Pacific Command chief

President Barack Obama has nominated a Japanese-American admiral as the next head of the Pacific Command, the Defense Department said. If confirmed by Congress, Adm. Harry Harris, currently commander of the Pacific Fleet, will succeed Adm. Samuel Locklear as chief of all operations involving ...