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Service pays tribute to WWII POWs

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About 100 people attended an event in Yokohama on Saturday to pay tribute to soldiers from the British Commonwealth and other Allied nations who were taken prisoner during World War II and who later died here. The annual memorial service took place at the Commonwealth war cemetery in Hodogaya where ...

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

Aug 1, 2015

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

A body recovered after search operations on Mount Ontake resumed was identified as that of a 45-year-old man from Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture, the Nagano Prefectural Police said Saturday. The body of Tetsuya Inooka was found Friday on the mountain that straddles the border between ...

Aug 1, 2015

New stadium to open three months before Olympics

The new National Stadium will only be completed three months before the start of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics because of a government decision to order a new design, a top official said Saturday. Tokyo’s chief Olympic organizer, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, publicly apologized to ...

Fire breaks out on ferry off Hokkaido; crew member missing

Aug 1, 2015

Fire breaks out on ferry off Hokkaido; crew member missing

A six-member special rescue squad of the Japan Coast Guard began searching for a missing person while efforts continued Saturday morning to extinguish a fire that broke out the previous evening. The 11,401-ton Sunflower Daisetsu, with nearly 100 passengers and crew aboard, caught fire ...

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

Jul 31, 2015

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

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International students and workers in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward slipped into yukata summer kimono and enjoyed traditional folk dancing Friday during the district’s second annual summer festival. Held at a Shibuya hotel, the dance event aims to promote international exchanges as well as Japanese culture ...

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Jul 31, 2015

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Organizers of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, which gets underway this Sunday, will not allow much-awaited floats based on “Star Wars” characters to parade on the city’s streets, fearing they go against the festival’s cultural tradition and would attract too many visitors, causing turmoil. Residents ...