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Magnitude-6.7 quake injures at least 39 in Nagano

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck Nagano Prefecture and surrounding areas in central Honshu on Saturday night, injuring at least 39 people and causing damage, the Meteorological Agency reported. Injuries were reported in the city of Nagano and the ski-resort village of Hakuba, where more than 80 ...

Marunaka Holdings completes purchase of Chongryon HQ

Nov 22, 2014

Marunaka Holdings completes purchase of Chongryon HQ

Real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. has taken over ownership of a Tokyo property that has served as North Korea’s de facto embassy for decades after a forced auction was held to repay outstanding debts. The Tokyo District Court said Friday it has confirmed ...

Nov 22, 2014

Japan SDF to Procure New Early Warning Aircraft

ASDF to buy new U.S. early warning planes The Defense Ministry said it will procure U.S.-made E-2D early warning aircraft for the Air Self-Defense Force. The aircraft will be deployed at the ASDF’s Naha base in Okinawa to improve Japan’s airspace defenses in the ...

Nov 22, 2014

West African envoys call for Japan's further support to combat Ebola

West Africa’s ambassadors are calling on the Japanese government to help their countries combat the deadly Ebola virus by building medical facilities and training personnel. At the Japan National Press Club on Friday, Liberian Ambassador Youngor Telewoda said Japan’s cooperation in this area is ...

Nov 21, 2014

Mayors, governors cast doubt on Abe's dissolution gambit

Mayors and governors questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s dissolution of the House of Representatives on Friday, noting that the move will hamper the government’s ability to address other urgent issues, such as the need to prop up regional economies and rebuild disaster-hit areas. “Now ...