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Yasukuni Shrine bans street stalls during July festival

Jul 1, 2015

Yasukuni Shrine bans street stalls during July festival

Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo has announced that it will not allow outdoor stalls to be set up at its festival scheduled for later in July, due to complaints from neighbors over noise and trash. It’s the first time the shrine has banned street stalls ...

Jul 1, 2015

Japan to bolster ship patrols near Senkakus

The central government announced plans Tuesday to strengthen patrols around the Senkakus Islands in the East China Sea by sending more large patrol ships, apparently to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. Under a new policy on guarding and managing the nation’s remote islands, the ...

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

Jul 1, 2015

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

A memoir detailing the macabre accounts of a 1997 juvenile serial killer is stirring controversy, but not only for its stomach-turning subject matter. “Zekka,” which was published without relatives of the victims being notified in advance, has climbed up the best-seller list. Seito Sakakibara, ...

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers ...