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Jul 29, 2014

900 join Tohoku reconstruction gratitude relay

About 900 people are running or riding bicycles in a 1,000-km relay to show their support for reconstruction in the Tohoku region that was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its monster tsunami in 2011. On Thursday, all of the participants, ...

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

Jul 29, 2014

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

If it’s Monday, it must be Trinidad and Tobago. That’s what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could have said as he woke up Monday in Port of Spain, the Caribbean country’s capital. By Monday next week Abe will have visited 47 nations since taking office ...

Jul 29, 2014

Panda mating in Wakayama said successful

Adventure World in Wakayama Prefecture has successfully achieved natural mating by giant pandas Rauhin and Eimei that if successful will yield a cub later this fall. Rauhin showed signs of going into estrus in early July, according to the leisure park in the town ...

Jul 29, 2014

Kyushu bonito makers set up shop in France

by Singh Supriya

A group of traditional “katsuobushi” dried bonito flake makers in Kyushu will set up a factory in France and start production next year, hoping to bring to Europe the the key ingredient for soup stock and dishes in Japanese cuisine. Participating in a food ...

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Jul 29, 2014

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp. will start Friday providing Internet video services showing gymnastic exercises that can help the elderly avoid physical problems. In the video, members of the idol group LinQ originating from Kyushu will engage in the exercises. The video feed ...

Jul 29, 2014

Japan to set up new economic aid programs for Caribbean Community

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to launch new economic aid programs for the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community to continue support for the countries even after Japan’s official development assistance ends. At the first summit meeting between Japan and the ...

Jul 29, 2014

Taiwan first lady resumes Japan visit after museum flap

Taiwan’s first lady will resume a rare visit to Japan that was postponed after a diplomatic row over posters for an exhibition of loaned treasured artefacts, officials said Monday. Chow Mei-ching, wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, was set to attend the opening of an ...

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

Jul 28, 2014

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

The last of two male ponies presented to the Imperial family by Argentina in 1979 died Monday at a park in Yokohama, according to the park that was the ponies’ home in Japan. Kodomonokuni children’s park said the pony, named Garucho and believed to ...

Tokyo's Odaiba most popular location for casino resort

Jul 28, 2014

Tokyo's Odaiba most popular location for casino resort

Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront district is the most popular location in Japan for a proposed integrated resort, including a casino, hotel and convention center, according to a survey released Monday. As many as 25.9 percent of the respondents picked Odaiba as the most attractive location ...