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Landslide warning issued after record downpours

Aug 18, 2014

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

The Meteorological Agency is calling for continued caution Monday morning against possible landslides in areas across Japan hit by torrential rain over the weekend. A weather front brought intermittent rain in wide areas of Japan, battering especially Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, where precipitation amounted ...

Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

Aug 17, 2014

Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

by Mizuho Aoki

When scientist Junko Nakanishi stepped into radiation-contaminated towns and villages in Fukushima Prefecture 10 months after the nuclear power plant meltdowns of 2011, she realized how difficult the job of decontamination would be. Surveying the thinly populated areas surrounded by hills and rice paddies, ...

Aug 17, 2014

Comedian Neko wins Cambodia's first modern marathon

Japan-born comedian Hiroshi Neko won Cambodia’s first international marathon in front of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province on Sunday. Neko, 37, a naturalized Cambodian, finished in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds, while Japan’s Ba Gan took second in ...

U.S. military told troops not to visit Yasukuni Shrine

Aug 17, 2014

U.S. military told troops not to visit Yasukuni Shrine

U.S. military leaders in Japan advised against a planned visit by some of their troops to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in early April, before President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo, apparently out of consideration to South Korea and China, an American military source said Saturday. ...

Aug 17, 2014

Three local governments to release academic test results school by school

The education boards of one prefecture and two major cities plan to disclose school-by-school results of national academic achievement tests conducted in April, a Jiji Press survey showed Saturday. Beginning with the latest Japanese and mathematics exams covering final-year students at elementary and junior ...