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Sep 19, 2014

Japan eyes $25.5 million aid for refugees from Islamic militants

The Japanese government decided Friday to provide $22.7 million in emergency grant aid for Iraqis and Syrians fleeing from the Islamic State militant group, bringing Tokyo’s total amount of assistance for such displaced people to $25.5 million. Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura will ...

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Sep 19, 2014

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, ...

Sep 19, 2014

Japan defiant as whaling meeting votes against Antarctic hunt

An international whaling conference voted Thursday against Japan’s highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway. A resolution adopted at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, said Japan should abide by the ...

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

Sep 18, 2014

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

The anniversary Thursday of a 1931 incident that led to Japan’s occupation of northeastern China was marked by tight security as the two countries struggle to improve relations strained in recent years over a territorial dispute and historical issues. A ceremony to mark the ...

Sep 18, 2014

Public security chief admits posing with anti-Korean activist

National Public Safety Commission Chairwoman Eriko Yamatani, who doubles as state minister in charge of the abduction issue, has acknowledged posing for a photograph in 2009 with a former member of the anti-Korean Zaitokukai rightist group who is accused of engaging in hate speech ...