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Apr 25, 2017

Japan submits bid for Osaka to host 2025 World Expo

The government has filed the city of Osaka as a candidate to host the 2025 World Exposition, facing off against what will likely be a tough rival bid from France. The bid was filed Monday with the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. The ...

Princess Kako heading to University of Leeds in September

Apr 24, 2017

Princess Kako heading to University of Leeds in September

Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will study at the University of Leeds in Britain from this September to June next year as an exchange student, the Imperial Household Agency said. The 22-year-old princess, the second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, ...

Former Diet member Hiroshi Nakai dies at age 74

/ Apr 24, 2017

Former Diet member Hiroshi Nakai dies at age 74

Hiroshi Nakai, a former member of the Lower House, died Saturday of stomach cancer at a Tokyo hospital. He was 74. From 2009 to 2010, Nakai was chairman of the National Public Safety Commission and minister in charge of the North Korean abduction issue ...

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

Apr 24, 2017

SDF's 'unique climate' blamed for personnel going AWOL

A member of the Self-Defense Forces was drummed out of the service in March after not showing up for duty without notice for 89 days, the latest in a series of cases where SDF personnel have been absent without leave for long periods. Former ...