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Up-and-coming aspiring artists recognized for talents

Jul 7, 2015

Up-and-coming aspiring artists recognized for talents

Japanese and foreign high school students had the honor of winning prestigious awards presented by the prime minister, other ministers and media at a ceremony for the 16th International High School Arts Festival at a Tokyo hotel June 27. The festival represents one of ...

Jul 6, 2015

Japan protests Chinese gas development in East China Sea

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that Japan has been protesting China’s construction of new gas field development facilities in the East China Sea since June 2013. “We have repeatedly protested against China’s unilateral gas development and have urged China to stop it,” ...

Jul 6, 2015

Honeybee deaths surging in Japan due to rice paddy pesticides

Mass deaths of honeybees are increasing in Japan, due apparently to pesticides used for killing stink bugs in rice paddies, according to a study by the agricultural ministry. The ministry found that many cases of large-scale honeybee deaths occurred when such pesticides were sprayed ...

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

Jul 6, 2015

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

While the people behind the bid to have Meiji-era industrial sites recognized with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status celebrated their efforts Monday, they also noted that a raft of issues that must still be tackled. UNESCO on Sunday decided to add the “Sites of ...

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

Jul 6, 2015

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

A 26-year-old man arrested Sunday for allegedly confining an 11-year-old schoolgirl has admitted to kidnapping her, the Nara Prefectural Police said Monday. “I forced her into my car,” the police quoted Masaru Ito as saying. Ito, of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, also allegedly said he ...

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Jul 6, 2015

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Despite health concerns, Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joined Crown Prince Naruhito for a hastily arranged meeting with Japanese residents of Tonga on Sunday. The Crown Princess, who has been diagnosed with a stress-induced adjustment disorder, wasn’t initially scheduled to join the meeting at the ...