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Double-decker bullet trains soon to be phased out

Mar 25, 2017

Double-decker bullet trains soon to be phased out

The last double-decker bullet trains on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo and Niigata will be withdrawn from service in a few years, a railway source said Saturday. East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to replace the E4 series, the last remaining two-deck ...

Defense chief orders SDF pullout from South Sudan

Mar 24, 2017

Defense chief orders SDF pullout from South Sudan

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday ordered the Self-Defense Forces to begin their withdrawal from South Sudan, where they were deployed for five years as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission. The fledgling African country gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and the Ground ...

300,000 chickens doomed as bird flu spreads to Miyagi, Chiba

Mar 24, 2017

300,000 chickens doomed as bird flu spreads to Miyagi, Chiba

Authorities in Miyagi and Chiba prefectures began culling nearly 300,000 chickens Friday after the highly pathogenic H5 strain of bird flu was detected in dead chickens at local poultry farms. In Japan’s latest bird flu outbreak, the Miyagi Prefectural Government plans to cull 220,000 ...