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Jan 19, 2017

Hyogo universities aim to develop disaster experts with new programs

Universities in Hyogo Prefecture, which was hit by a devastating earthquake 22 years ago, are launching new programs to develop experts capable of leading efforts to respond to natural disasters. Drawing on experiences from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the universities are aiming to ...

Caroline Kennedy bids fond farewell to Japan

Jan 18, 2017

Caroline Kennedy bids fond farewell to Japan

Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. Appointed by President Barack ...

Hiroshima mayor sends letter of thanks to Obama

Jan 18, 2017

Hiroshima mayor sends letter of thanks to Obama

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Wednesday that he has sent a letter to outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama to thank him for his visit to the atomic-bombed city last year. With the trip on May 27, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to ...

Jan 18, 2017

Two nuclear reactors in Saga Prefecture pass safety checks

Two nuclear reactors in Saga Prefecture passed a key state safety assessment Wednesday, but uncertainty remains over whether operator Kyushu Electric Power Co. will win local support to bring them back online amid lingering safety concerns. The No. 3 and No. 4 units of ...