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Quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle to take decades to restore

May 20, 2016

Quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle to take decades to restore

Artisans are determined to complete “at any cost” the restoration of Kumamoto Castle, which has been heavily damaged by a series of powerful earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture. Work to repair collapsed stone walls, the tenshukaku (castle keep), and other damaged properties is expected to ...

May 20, 2016

Iran hopes quake-experienced Japan can help build nuclear plant

Iran expects Japan’s cooperation in its nuclear power plant construction, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said in Tokyo on Thursday. Iran, a country with as many earthquakes as Japan, needs Japan’s advanced nuclear plant construction technologies, Araghchi, a former ambassador to Japan, ...

May 20, 2016

Putin may visit in December, meet Abe in Yamaguchi

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Japan at the end of the year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi possibly the venue for talks between the Russian and Japanese leaders, several sources linked to Japan-Russia relations said Thursday. According to the ...

May 20, 2016

South Korean hibakusha urge Obama to apologize in Hiroshima

South Korean survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima are urging U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize for the suffering caused by that “horrific crime” against humanity when he makes his historic visit to the Japanese city later this month. In a letter addressed ...

May 19, 2016

Former U.S. Marine held over death of local woman

Okinawa Prefectural Police said Thursday they have arrested a 32-year-old former U.S. Marine on suspicion of illegally dumping the body of a 20-year-old local woman. According to police, during interrogation the suspect hinted he murdered the woman and said he dumped the body into ...

May 19, 2016

Fukui Prefecture plans tax on spent nuclear fuel

The Fukui Prefectural Government is planning to submit an ordinance to an assembly session next month that calls for a tax on spent nuclear fuel stored at nuclear plants in the prefecture, informed sources said Thursday. The ordinance is aimed at encouraging nuclear plant ...

May 19, 2016

Emperor, Empress visit quake-hit Kumamoto

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Kumamoto Prefecture for the first time since the region was hit by powerful earthquakes last month. After arriving at Kumamoto Airport in the town of Mashiki early in the afternoon, the Imperial Couple headed for the ...

Legoland Japan to open in Nagoya in April 2017

May 19, 2016

Legoland Japan to open in Nagoya in April 2017

Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan will open in Nagoya on April 1 next year, Legoland Japan President Torben Jensen announced Thursday at the park’s construction site. The park, located in the wharf area of the city’s Minato Ward, will be the first outdoor Legoland ...

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

May 19, 2016

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

Japanese comedian Tomoaki Hamatsu, known by the stage name Nasubi, scaled Mount Everest on Thursday, according to an official from the Nepal Tourism Ministry. Hamatsu, 40, team leader Kenji Kondo, 53, and three other Japanese — Sumio Hibino, Ban Ito and Koki Nishida — ...