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May 28, 2016

Pentagon chief Carter cancels visit to Japan

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has canceled his visit to Japan, it was learned Friday. Carter was considering traveling to Japan ahead of a visit to Singapore to attend the Asia Security Summit, which is set to start on June 3. But the Pentagon ...

May 28, 2016

U.S. to review Okinawa training procedures

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The head of the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan said Saturday that training procedures will be reviewed in the wake of a report last week that revealed that orientation sessions for new recruits contained derogatory statements against Okinawans. “The content of the OCAT (Okinawa ...

May 28, 2016

Record low number of whales culled off Miyagi coastline in spring

Only 16 whales were taken this spring off Miyagi Prefecture under the government’s “research whaling” program, a record low since it began in 2003, a government-commissioned whalers’ group said Friday. The maximum catch for minke whales allowed under so-called research whaling this year is ...

Hibakusha rate Obama's Hiroshima speech highly

May 28, 2016

Hibakusha rate Obama's Hiroshima speech highly

Atomic bomb survivors hailed U.S. President Barack Obama’s remarks in Hiroshima on Friday, saying he expressed his unchanged intention to create a world without nuclear weapons. The 17-minute remarks highlighted “his determination not to create hibakusha anymore,” said one of survivors of the 1945 ...

May 28, 2016

Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors hail Obama's historic visit

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hailed U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday, almost 71 years after the two cities suffered atomic bombings in the closing days of World War II. Speaking to reporters, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said, “I ...

May 28, 2016

Japanese panel OKs pig-to-human transplantation

A subgroup of a Japanese health ministry council on Friday approved a proposal to lift a ban on transplanting cells and organs from pigs to humans. Making the proposal to the subgroup, a ministry study team called for a revision to transplantation guidelines because ...

Obama's hug of Hiroshima survivor epitomizes historic visit

May 28, 2016

Obama's hug of Hiroshima survivor epitomizes historic visit

President Barack Obama may have faced the legacy of Hiroshima most directly with his embrace of a man who survived the devastating atomic blast. He spoke briefly with two survivors in the audience after his remarks Friday at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: Sunao Tsuboi, ...