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Apr 28, 2016

Abe to take in Russia in weeklong visit to Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Britain and Russia from Sunday to May 7 for talks with their leaders, the Japanese government said Thursday. Abe will exchange views on the world economy and other major issues to be discussed at ...

Apr 28, 2016

LDP policy head Inada visits Yasukuni Shrine

Tomomi Inada, head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Thursday, the anniversary of the restoration of sovereignty after World War II. Japan regained its sovereignty on April 28, 1952, the day the San ...

Kyoto State Guesthouse opens to public for trial run

Apr 28, 2016

Kyoto State Guesthouse opens to public for trial run

The government began a 12-day public opening of the Kyoto State Guesthouse on Thursday as a trial run before year-round access begins in July. The government is opening up the Japanese-style facility used to accommodate heads of states, prime ministers and other guests from ...

Apr 28, 2016

Japan adds 19 cultural assets to its heritage list

The Cultural Affairs Agency has added 19 new cultural assets to a list it dubs Japan Heritage. The newly created list is aimed at promoting tourism and boosting local economies. The designations, unveiled this week, boosted the total number of cultural assets to 37, ...

G-7 Ise-Shima Summit fails to excite local residents, poll finds

Apr 28, 2016

G-7 Ise-Shima Summit fails to excite local residents, poll finds

More than half of residents living in Shima, Mie Prefecture, are unexcited by the upcoming Group of Seven Ise-Shima Summit, a Kyodo News survey has found. The findings suggest that the Mie Prefectural Government’s efforts to work together with residents to offer omotenashi (Japanese ...

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

Apr 28, 2016

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, rolled out a new tour this month featuring smart glasses technology. Visitors to the Gunma Prefecture landmark can wear the devices at seven locations, including the cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, for a computer-enhanced view ...