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Jul 24, 2015

Team finds microorganisms at deepest-accessed area of Earth

A team of researchers, including Japanese, has found microbial communities inhabiting what is believed to be the deepest area of the Earth accessed to date, the team said. Using the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s Chikyu deep-sea drilling vehicle, the microorganisms were ...

Philosopher, peace activist Shunsuke Tsurumi dies at 93

Jul 24, 2015

Philosopher, peace activist Shunsuke Tsurumi dies at 93

Philosopher and peace campaigner Shunsuke Tsurumi died of pneumonia at a Kyoto hospital last Monday, his family said Friday. He was 93. After studying philosophy at Harvard University in the United States, graduating in 1942, Tsurumi held positions as an assistant professor at the ...

Jul 24, 2015

Medvedev may visit Russian-held isles off Hokkaido

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev indicated Thursday he plans to inspect economic development on some of the Kuril Islands, including the four claimed by Japan. The inspection may be designed to demonstrate Russia’s effective control of the four islands, which were occupied by Soviet ...

Child care workers held over infant heatstroke death

Jul 24, 2015

Child care workers held over infant heatstroke death

Tochigi Prefecture Police have arrested the former owner of a child care facility in Utsunomiya and her two children for causing the death of a 9-month-old girl who was under their care last year. The police on Thursday arrested Yokohama resident Kumiko Kimura, 58, ...

1985 JAL crash kin publish messages of sorrow 30 years on

Jul 24, 2015

1985 JAL crash kin publish messages of sorrow 30 years on

Relatives of people who died in the August 1985 Japan Airlines jumbo jet crash have published a collection of written notes about the victims by about 40 of those closest to them, to mark the accident’s 30th anniversary. “In the book, people who had ...