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Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

Apr 24, 2015

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

The Cultural Affairs Agency said Friday it has chosen 18 sets of cultural assets spread across more than half of the 47 prefectures to attract more tourists and revitalize communities and economies overshadowed by Japan’s biggest cities. The first batch of so-called Japan Heritage ...

Apr 24, 2015

Astronaut Yui to head for ISS on May 27

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will enter space for the first time on May 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday. The rocket will lift off at 4:46 a.m. Japan time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “We want him to ...

Apr 24, 2015

Another court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that results from the 2014 House of Representatives election are “in a state of unconstitutionality” because of ongoing vote weight disparities between constituencies, but rejected plaintiffs’ demands to nullify the outcome. The ruling on Hokkaido’s 12 constituencies is ...

Apr 24, 2015

Asia, Africa leaders call for U.N. Security Council reform

Asian and African leaders on Thursday called for “a comprehensive reform” of the U.N. Security Council so it can better represent the realities of the international community in the 21st century. “We call for continued efforts to reform the United Nations, including the revitalization ...

Apr 24, 2015

Russia carries out military drills on disputed islands

Russia has conducted military anti-landing drills in a Pacific island chain, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Interfax news agency reported the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday. “Units were scrambled as part of large-scale anti-landing drills … (they) worked on ...