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Jul 11, 2014

Tokyo sued over bid to reinterpret Constitution

The central government was slapped with a lawsuit on Friday over the Cabinet’s decision to expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces, a divisive move that sparked protests at home and drew sharp criticism from China. The legal action filed with the Tokyo District ...

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

Sendai mayor offers disaster lessons to U.N.

Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama believes Tohoku’s experiences with the March 2011 disaster s could help save lives worldwide. She wants to share some of the lessons learned from the tsunami and mega-quake at an international conference in the city next year. “Although Sendai is ...

Riders chug on Nagasaki beer tram

Jul 11, 2014

Riders chug on Nagasaki beer tram

Nagasaki Electric Tramway Co. is again offering passengers the chance to down a beer while enjoying the city’s landscape from the safety of a specially designed electric tram. The annual service by the private streetcar operator is ¥3,000 for a 90-minute ride. With counter ...

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...