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Sep 16, 2014

Female GSDF officer to draw NATO duty

The Defense Ministry plans to dispatch a female officer in the Ground Self-Defense Force to the NATO headquarters in Brussels later this year, sources said Tuesday. The lieutenant colonel will be the first SDF member dispatched to NATO. With the dispatch, the Abe administration ...

Sep 16, 2014

Magnitude-5.6 quake hits north of Tokyo; no tsunami warning

A strong earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck in the Kanto region north of Tokyo on Tuesday, but no tsunami alert was issued. The 12:28 p.m. quake, which originated in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of around 50 ...

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Sep 16, 2014

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Lyricist Yoko Yamaguchi, who also won a prestigious Japanese literary award in 1985, died Sept. 6 of respiratory failure, an official close to her said. She was 77. Yamaguchi, originally from Nagoya, opened a high-class bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district and started writing lyrics ...

In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

Sep 16, 2014

In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

by Yiyuan Wang

An Jianxing can see he is in a dying business. The gravestone designer, who takes pride in works featuring musical instruments and heavenly gates, says years of shrinking sales are driving him to close up shop in Japan and move back to his native ...

Sep 16, 2014

Abe to visit New York from Monday for U.N. General Assembly

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York for five days starting next Monday to attend the U.N. General Assembly, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Abe is scheduled to speak during general debate at the assembly’s 69th session and at the U.N. ...