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U.S. honors Japanese activist for maternity activism

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. honors Japanese activist for maternity activism

A Japanese activist who advocates female empowerment was among 10 women from 10 countries awarded this year’s International Women of Courage Award, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. Sayaka Osakabe was commended for her fight against “maternity harassment,” or unfair treatment of pregnant working ...

Tokyo's 'absurd' emergency fuel stockpile system to be overhauled

Mar 4, 2015

Tokyo's 'absurd' emergency fuel stockpile system to be overhauled

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said the capital’s system of stockpiling fuel reserves for emergencies will be overhauled following the discovery that more than ¥300 million worth of fuel purchased from oil retailer associations under the system was not actually being stored. Masuzoe told a ...

WWII battleship Musashi found, says Microsoft's Allen

Mar 4, 2015

WWII battleship Musashi found, says Microsoft's Allen

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Imperial Navy’s biggest warship, lying on the seabed in the Philippines 70 years after U.S. forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of what was described as the battleship Musashi’s rusty ...

Mar 4, 2015

Filipino historian notes importance of WWII's Battle of Manila

The fierce monthlong Battle of Manila fought 70 years ago should not only be remembered for the destruction and loss of lives, but also for its strategic importance in the entire Pacific War, according to a Filipino historian. Ricardo Jose, a history professor at ...

More Fukushima evacuees are deciding to stay away for good

Mar 4, 2015

More Fukushima evacuees are deciding to stay away for good

Around 120,000 residents of Fukushima Prefecture remain evacuees due to lingering fears of radiation exposure four years after the start of the nuclear crisis. Although the central government lifted evacuation orders on some areas last year, evacuees have been slow to move back and ...

Bicycle, jogging police units unveiled ahead of Yokohama Marathon

Mar 4, 2015

Bicycle, jogging police units unveiled ahead of Yokohama Marathon

The Kanagawa Prefectural Police will introduce bicycle and running units to protect participants in the Yokohama Marathon 2015 on March 15. The bicycle unit, the first of its kind in Japan, follows the introduction of “running police” who jogged alongside runners in the Tokyo ...