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Apr 24, 2015

Ex-SDF member tried to enter area controlled by Islamic State group

A former Self-Defense Forces member detained in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region last February told police he was attempting to enter an area controlled by the Islamic State militant group, investigative sources said Friday. The man in his 20s from Osaka Prefecture was detained ...

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

Apr 24, 2015

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

The Cultural Affairs Agency said Friday it has chosen 18 sets of cultural assets spread across more than half of the 47 prefectures to attract more tourists and revitalize communities and economies overshadowed by Japan’s biggest cities. The first batch of so-called Japan Heritage ...

Apr 24, 2015

Astronaut Yui to head for ISS on May 27

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will enter space for the first time on May 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday. The rocket will lift off at 4:46 a.m. Japan time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “We want him to ...

Apr 24, 2015

Another court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that results from the 2014 House of Representatives election are “in a state of unconstitutionality” because of ongoing vote weight disparities between constituencies, but rejected plaintiffs’ demands to nullify the outcome. The ruling on Hokkaido’s 12 constituencies is ...