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Jul 24, 2014

Britain felt Japan's WWI support 'adequate'

by William Hollingworth

Britain appreciated Japan’s assistance during World War I but felt Tokyo could have done more and sometimes questioned its loyalty, according to today’s historians. With the world marking 100 years since the start of World War I, Ian Nish, a professor emeritus of international ...

Nagasaki bomb museum shows 26 new photos

Jul 24, 2014

Nagasaki bomb museum shows 26 new photos

The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is exhibiting 26 recently discovered photographs taken a year and four months after the bomb was dropped on Aug. 9, 1945. Nagasaki Municipal Government officials found the pictures, including one showing ground zero, at the U.S. National Archives. Notes ...

Jul 24, 2014

Buyer allegedly sold stolen Benesse data to 50 firms: NHK

A name-list broker who bought stolen customer data from a systems engineer working for a Benesse Corp. contractor allegedly sold the data to 50 companies, including cram schools, NHK reported Thursday, citing investigative sources. The investigators at the Metropolitan Police Department have revealed the ...

Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Jul 23, 2014

Heat wave sweeps Japan; many areas log hottest day of summer

Temperatures soared across the country on Wednesday with highs for this summer recorded in many areas, the weather agency said. The Meteorological Agency issued heat wave advisories in more than 16 prefectures, warning of dehydration and encouraging the use of air conditioning. Several hundred ...

Jul 23, 2014

Tokyo governor hopes to help mend Japan-South Korea ties

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Wednesday that he hopes to promote dialogue and cooperation with the South Korean capital to help improve their countries’ ties, soured over territorial and historical disputes. “We would like to build on today’s first ...

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Jul 23, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a makeshift shopping center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives. Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village opened in February 2012 and consists of 32 ...

Technique to prevent drowning catches on

Jul 23, 2014

Technique to prevent drowning catches on

by Mami Maruko

To prevent drownings, a growing number of children around Asia are being trained using a Japanese technique called “uitemate,” meaning floating and waiting. The Japanese term reflects a philosophy that when in distress in the water, one should not panic but instead just float, ...