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Sep 30, 2014

Japan protests banner of assassin at Asian Games

Japan has protested to Asian Games organizers in South Korea after the image of a Korean hero who assassinated a senior Japanese official a century ago was shown in a stadium, officials said Tuesday. The Japanese Olympic Committee acted after fans unveiled a large ...

U.S. nuclear concerns sidelined by plutonium plans

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. nuclear concerns sidelined by plutonium plans

U.S. concern over the long-term proliferation risk of nuclear waste isn’t stopping countries from planning to extract plutonium from radioactive refuse to power a new generation of atomic reactors. French, Japanese, Russian and South Korean officials lined up against their U.S. counterparts in September ...

Ex-prime ministers call for nuclear-free Japan at rock festival

Sep 30, 2014

Ex-prime ministers call for nuclear-free Japan at rock festival

Two former prime ministers who have become anti-nuclear campaigners in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster joined a rock festival in Tokyo that brought together musicians opposed to atomic energy. “We must create a country where nuclear power generation is zero,” Junichiro Koizumi ...

Sep 30, 2014

Hayabusa2 asteroid probe set for November launch

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch its Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer aboard an H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Nov. 30, officials said Tuesday. The probe is a successor to the Hayabusa, which returned to Earth in June 2010 ...

Kobe slaying victim's school to go ahead with sports day

Sep 30, 2014

Kobe slaying victim's school to go ahead with sports day

The elementary school in Kobe grieving over the murder of a 6-year-old student will press ahead with its sports day this weekend — at the family’s request. Mirei Ikuta went missing in Nagata Ward on Sept. 11. Her dismembered body was found dumped in ...

Sep 30, 2014

Japan announces new ambassadors

The government on Tuesday named Akira Yamada, a former director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau, as the nation’s next ambassador to Mexico. Yamada, 56, joined the ministry in 1981. He also served as deputy director general of its ...