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¥50, ¥100 coin designs unchanged for half century

Jan 6, 2017

¥50, ¥100 coin designs unchanged for half century

The designs of the current ¥50 and ¥100 coins haven’t changed much since they debuted 50 years ago. The ¥50 coin was introduced in 1955 and was initially made entirely of nickel. Circulation of a ¥100 coin minted mainly in silver started two years ...

Dec 25, 2016

Imperial Navy veterans laud Abe's plan to visit Pearl Harbor

A former Imperial Japanese Navy sailor who participated in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a memorial there Tuesday will be vital to ensuring peaceful relations continue. “It is important to mourn for the victims. ...

Dec 13, 2016

Japanese WWII vet, 92, revisits Guam to view cave where he hid

A 92-year-old Japanese man has returned to Guam to visit a cave where he hid for nearly a year during World War II. Kiichi Kobayashi told The Pacific Daily News ( through an interpreter Monday that he’s grateful for island residents and the U.S. ...