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Quake-hit Kumamoto to put Kumamon mascot back into action soon

May 4, 2016

Quake-hit Kumamoto to put Kumamon mascot back into action soon

The prefectural government of Kumamoto has decided to allow Kumamon, its hugely popular black bear mascot that has remained unseen in public settings since massive earthquakes jolted the area, to make a comeback on Thursday at the request of fans and the local sightseeing ...

May 4, 2016

Aging Japan-funded bridge in Cambodia set for renovation next year

A Japanese-funded bridge dating back more than half a century in Phnom Penh is set for renovation in 2017, with an estimated budget of ¥3.2 billion ($30 million) in grants from Tokyo, officials said Tuesday. Sun Chanthol, Cambodia’s minister of public works and transportation, ...

May 4, 2016

Retired Japanese exec, 51, embarks on solo trans-Atlantic race

Hiroshi Kitada embarked from Plymouth for New York on Monday as the first-ever Japanese skipper to attempt the Transat, a 3,000 mile (5,650 km) solo trans-Atlantic race. The 51-year-old former company boss with a spirit of adventure is aboard a Class40 12-meter single hull ...

May 4, 2016

Abe, Michel agree to set up counterterrorism talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Tuesday agreed to set up bilateral dialogue to counter terrorism later this year. Abe told his Belgian counterpart that counterterrorism will be high on the agenda at the Group of Seven summit Japan ...

Ex-trade minister Shinji Sato dies at 84

May 4, 2016

Ex-trade minister Shinji Sato dies at 84

Former Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker and trade minister Shinji Sato has died, a source from his hometown in Yamaguchi Prefecture said Wednesday. He was 84. In December 2012, Sato drew public attention when he said he had a document on a secret Japan-U.S. pact, ...

Full steam ahead for Kyoto Railway Museum

May 4, 2016

Full steam ahead for Kyoto Railway Museum

It has been full steam ahead for the Kyoto Railway Museum since its grand opening last Friday, the first day of the Golden Week holidays. The 30,000-sq.-meter museum, one of the largest in Japan, boasts 53 train units, ranging from the nation’s oldest steam ...