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Prince William receives warm welcome to Japan

A beaming Prince William was greeted by hundreds of fans as he arrived for his first trip to Japan Thursday, before being whisked off for a nice cup of tea — green tea, that is. Even without his heavily pregnant wife, Kate, the second-in-line to the British throne is assured ...

Feb 26, 2015

DPJ chief Okada undergoes second round of retinal surgery

Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada underwent retinal detachment surgery again at a Tokyo hospital Thursday and may be absent from Sunday’s party convention, a DPJ source said. Okada left the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon after complaining of blurred vision. He ...

Feb 26, 2015

AKB48 Theater logs millionth visitor since 2005

The AKB48 Theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, the base for all-girl chorus and dance troupe AKB48, on Wednesday welcomed its millionth visitor since opening on Dec. 8, 2005. Its beginnings were underwhelming: There were only seven people in the audience during the group’s first ...

Kennedy thanks woman who gave 'hina' doll set to her father

Feb 26, 2015

Kennedy thanks woman who gave 'hina' doll set to her father

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on Thursday thanked by letter an elderly woman who decades ago sent a set of traditional “hina” dolls to her father, President John F. Kennedy. The donor, former grocer Tsuyako Matsumoto, 92, now lives in a nursing home in Kitami, ...

Feb 26, 2015

Osaka eyes setting up body to assess hate speech

A municipal panel on Wednesday proposed to the city of Osaka that it set up a body to judge whether racist demonstrations held on the streets amount to hate speech, in a bid to crack down on discrimination. The panel also said the names ...