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Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Sep 16, 2014

Lyricist and literary award winner Yoko Yamaguchi dies at 77

Lyricist Yoko Yamaguchi, who also won a prestigious Japanese literary award in 1985, died Sept. 6 of respiratory failure, an official close to her said. She was 77. Yamaguchi, originally from Nagoya, opened a high-class bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district and started writing lyrics ...

In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

Sep 16, 2014

In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

by Yiyuan Wang

An Jianxing can see he is in a dying business. The gravestone designer, who takes pride in works featuring musical instruments and heavenly gates, says years of shrinking sales are driving him to close up shop in Japan and move back to his native ...

Sep 16, 2014

Abe to visit New York from Monday for U.N. General Assembly

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York for five days starting next Monday to attend the U.N. General Assembly, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Abe is scheduled to speak during general debate at the assembly’s 69th session and at the U.N. ...

Sep 16, 2014

Parked cars in Saitama turning up scratched

The Kasukabe Police Station in Saitama Prefecture has found that more than 70 cars parked in lots or on the streets have had their hoods and doors scratched in apparent acts of vandalism over the past four days. The police are looking for witnesses ...

Sep 16, 2014

Fuji trail areas without toilets raising waste concerns

Human waste left behind by climbers using sections of trails on Mount Fuji where there are no toilets have raised concerns about whether the mountain’s pristine scenery can be maintained, after the iconic volcano was last year added to UNESCO’s World Heritage site list, ...