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Popularity of 'Castle in the Sky' leads to copycat campaigns

The recent popularity of the ruins of Takeda Castle, located atop a mountain in Asago, Hyogo Prefecture, and looking as if they are floating in the sky, has given impetus to the efforts of other sites across Japan that may boast similar scenery. With its popularity on the rise, the ...

Sep 22, 2014

Crying assembly member sparks allowance cuts

The Hyogo Prefectural Assembly, which briefly became famous worldwide when a lawmaker was filmed sobbing over his alleged misuse of public funds, cut politicians’ allowances Monday. Assembly member Ryutaro Nonomura brought infamy on Hyogo Prefecture for the performance in which he was quizzed by ...

In commemoration of Lithuanian Jews

| Sep 22, 2014

In commemoration of Lithuanian Jews

Sept. 23 is Lithuania’s Holocaust Memorial Day that pays tribute to the victims of the destruction of Vilnius ghetto in 1943. Prior to this national memorial day remembering the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews, a presentation of a book on Jews who escaped wartime persecution ...

Poisonous mushrooms sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

Sep 22, 2014

Poisonous mushrooms sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

Poisonous mushrooms sold at a highway rest area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, left at least two people with food poisoning, the Shiga Prefectural Government said. The vendor of the poisonous mushrooms, called “tsukiyotake” (moonlight mushrooms), mistook them as edible “hiratake” (oyster mushrooms), Shiga public ...