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Sep 19, 2014

Japan defiant as whaling meeting votes against Antarctic hunt

An international whaling conference voted Thursday against Japan’s highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway. A resolution adopted at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, said Japan should abide by the ...

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

Sep 18, 2014

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

The anniversary Thursday of a 1931 incident that led to Japan’s occupation of northeastern China was marked by tight security as the two countries struggle to improve relations strained in recent years over a territorial dispute and historical issues. A ceremony to mark the ...

Sep 18, 2014

Public security chief admits posing with anti-Korean activist

National Public Safety Commission Chairwoman Eriko Yamatani, who doubles as state minister in charge of the abduction issue, has acknowledged posing for a photograph in 2009 with a former member of the anti-Korean Zaitokukai rightist group who is accused of engaging in hate speech ...

Scale maker Tanita to open first health food restaurant in China

Sep 18, 2014

Scale maker Tanita to open first health food restaurant in China

Tanita Corp., the Japanese scale maker known also for its health food cafeterias, said Wednesday it will open its first restaurant in China in cooperation with a fitness equipment company there. The restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning province, will open next Monday to provide low-calorie, ...

Sep 18, 2014

North Korea asks Japanese woman if she wants to go home

North Korean authorities have purportedly offered a Japanese national living there a chance to return home. Setsuko Maruyama was among the Japanese citizens left behind on the Korean Peninsula at the end of World War II. She later married and today the 85-year-old lives ...