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Jul 26, 2016

Anti-terrorism squad to be deployed at Tokyo fireworks display

A police anti-terrorism squad will be deployed at the annual Sumida River fireworks festival in Tokyo this weekend amid heightened security concerns in the wake of terrorist attacks overseas, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The festival, scheduled for Saturday, usually draws over 900,000 ...

U.N. official pitches agricultural heritage in Japan

Jul 25, 2016

U.N. official pitches agricultural heritage in Japan

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Kundhavi Kadiresan of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has made her first visit to Japan to promote Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, an award by the organization aimed at boosting eco-tourism and preserving traditional agricultural systems. “People always want to connect with their ...

Jul 25, 2016

Shark likely attacked surfer off Kochi Prefecture

A shark is believed to have attacked a 29-year-old man Sunday evening when he was surfing in shallow waters off Irino Beach, a popular surfing spot in Kuroshio, Kochi Prefecture. The local Japan Coast Guard office quoted the man as saying a creature that ...

Jul 25, 2016

Hiroshima students offer 1,000 paper cranes, call for peace at event

About 500 elementary and junior high school students offered 1,000 orizuru paper cranes Monday at the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. During the ceremony to pray for world peace, the cranes were placed at the “Genbaku no Ko” (“A-Bombed Child”) sculpture, ...