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LDP lawmaker again bashes media, defends earlier comments

A conservative lawmaker from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday restated controversial views suggesting newspapers hostile to Abe’s security bills policy should be punished. Hideo Onishi, who was reprimanded last week by the party after he and other LDP lawmakers held an “unofficial meeting” calling for ...

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

Jul 1, 2015

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

A memoir detailing the macabre accounts of a 1997 juvenile serial killer is stirring controversy, but not only for its stomach-turning subject matter. “Zekka,” which was published without relatives of the victims being notified in advance, has climbed up the best-seller list. Seito Sakakibara, ...

Jul 1, 2015

Japan to bolster Senkaku-area ship patrols

The government announced plans Tuesday to strengthen patrols around Japanese-controlled, Chinese-claimed islands in the East China Sea by sending more large patrol ships, apparently to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. Under a new policy on guarding and managing the nation’s remote islands, the government ...

Jul 1, 2015

Yasukuni bans street stalls during July festival

Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo has announced that it will not allow outdoor stalls to be set up at its festival scheduled later in July due to complaints from neighbors over noise and trash. It will be the first time for the shrine to ban ...

Jul 1, 2015

Japan to record leap second Wednesday morning

Japan will insert a leap second on Wednesday morning to adjust the gap between the Earth’s rotation and atomic clocks. The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), which manages Japan Standard Time, will add the extraordinary time of 8:59:60 a.m. between 8:59:59 ...

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers ...