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Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

Jul 6, 2015

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

While the people behind the bid to have Meiji-era industrial sites recognized with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status celebrated their efforts Monday, they also noted that a raft of issues that must still be tackled. UNESCO on Sunday decided to add the “Sites of ...

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

Jul 6, 2015

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

A 26-year-old man arrested Sunday for allegedly confining an 11-year-old schoolgirl has admitted to kidnapping her, the Nara Prefectural Police said Monday. “I forced her into my car,” the police quoted Masaru Ito as saying. Ito, of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, also allegedly said he ...

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Jul 6, 2015

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Despite health concerns, Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joined Crown Prince Naruhito for a hastily arranged meeting with Japanese residents of Tonga on Sunday. The Crown Princess, who has been diagnosed with a stress-induced adjustment disorder, wasn’t initially scheduled to join the meeting at the ...

Gunma governor re-elected to third term

Jul 6, 2015

Gunma governor re-elected to third term

Masaaki Osawa won a third term as governor of Gunma Prefecture on Sunday, beating a former junior high school teacher. Osawa, 69, who ran as an independent but was backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, had the support of more than 70 ...

Jul 6, 2015

Kudo-kai boss served with warrant over shooting of ex-cop

The leader of the Kudo-kai yakuza group was served with an arrest warrant Monday on suspicion of violating two laws over the 2012 shooting of a former police officer. Satoru Nomura, the 68-year-old head of the Kitakyushu-based criminal syndicate — one of the nation’s ...