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Aug 20, 2014

Sankei bureau chief appears before prosecutors again over Park article

The Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun appeared before prosecutors for a second time Wednesday, for questioning about a controversial article about President Park Geun-hye. The appearance of Tatsuya Kato, 48, at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office followed another session of questioning ...

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

Aug 20, 2014

Mudslides kill 36 in Hiroshima

At least 36 people were confirmed dead and seven remained missing after torrential rain sparked flooding and landslides in the city of Hiroshima on Wednesday, according to police. A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead after being buried for two hours in a mudslide, while ...

Aug 20, 2014

Cabinet may top record for women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to have at least five female ministers in his Cabinet following a reshuffle that will take place in the first week of September, according to government and ruling party sources. Abe recently told his close aides that he wants ...

Japanese consumers shun McDonald's after meat scandal

Aug 20, 2014

Japanese consumers shun McDonald's after meat scandal

Consumers are shunning fast-food chain McDonald’s Co. (Japan) in the wake of a scandal involving expired meat from a Chinese supplier. But the impact on sales has proved limited at convenience store operator FamilyMart Co., which also procured products from the Chinese company. Wednesday ...

Aug 20, 2014

Sakaiminato mayor to visit North Korea

The mayor of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, is set to visit a special economic zone in northeastern North Korea on Thursday, city government officials said on Tuesday. Mayor Katsuji Nakamura will apparently be the first local government head in Japan to visit North Korea since ...