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Feb 11, 2016

Supporters, opponents hold rallies over Constitution revision drive

Supporters and opponents of revising the Constitution, including the war-renouncing Article 9, staged rallies in Tokyo on Thursday in the wake of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to amend Japan’s supreme law. A group of organizations, including the national association of Shinto shrines, held ...

Student team makes mulberry plant discovery

Feb 11, 2016

Student team makes mulberry plant discovery

A research team led by Japanese high school and university students has discovered that mulberry leaves contain biogenic minerals known as opal phytoliths, rigid microscopic structures that persist after death and can have forensic value. They are found in a range of plants. Archaeologists, ...

Chinese tourists take home glowing views of Japan

Feb 11, 2016

Chinese tourists take home glowing views of Japan

As Chinese tourists flock to Japan for the first time, it’s not just shopping they leave with. Many are taking home new, positive perspectives of an often vilified nation. “Shop clerks were so kind,” said Zhang Yingxi, 21, a university student from Beijing as ...

Feb 10, 2016

Teen gets prison sentence for Kawasaki murder

The 19-year-old male who played a key role in the murder of a teenage boy on a Kawasaki riverbank last year was sentenced to nine to 13 years in prison Wednesday at the Yokohama District Court. In handing down the so-called indeterminate sentence as ...