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In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

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A group of outdoor-loving history buffs in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, has revived the first skiing technique brought to Japan more than a century ago by an Austro-Hungarian Army officer. Established nearly 50 years ago, “Lerch no Kai” (the Society of Lerch) is named after Maj. Theodor Edler von Lerch, who ...

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Jan 24, 2016

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Emperor Akihito will travel to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, the latest of his pacifist pilgrimages, which appear increasingly at odds with the government’s rightward drift. Now in his twilight years, Akihito, 82, has made honoring Japanese and non-Japanese ...

Dec 24, 2015

Japan argued against declaring region nuke-free at 1975 U.N. forum

Japan argued against declaring Northeast Asia a nuclear-weapons-free zone at a United Nations conference in 1975 because such a restriction might interfere with the movements of American warships, according to diplomatic records declassified Thursday. The Japanese government documents portray the dilemma Tokyo faced then ...

Dec 23, 2015

Japan's ruling LDP forms group to review modern history

Japan’s ruling party on Tuesday launched a study group to review its modern history, amid reports it may take up contentious regional issues including the Nanking Massacre, which Tokyo is accused of playing down. The group “is aimed at studying historical events after the ...