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Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

Dec 19, 2014

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

An advisory panel to the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Thursday it will recommend that four facilities wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami be preserved as memorials of the tragedy. The buildings include the three-story disaster headquarters in the town of Minamisanriku, where ...

Rice agronomist honored for work in Africa

Dec 19, 2014

Rice agronomist honored for work in Africa

Rice cultivation expert Tatsushi Tsuboi has spent a lifetime promoting the grain’s production in Africa, a continent with chronic food shortages. His efforts to combat starvation and boost economic development in Africa led to his winning this year’s Niigata International Food Award, a biennial ...

Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Dec 18, 2014

Former secretary-general Hosono to run for DPJ leader

Goshi Hosono, a former secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, announced he will run in the party’s leadership race on Jan. 18. “I’ve decided to take on the challenge of running in the election,” Hosono, who served as nuclear disaster minister and environment ...

Dec 18, 2014

Tourist tally set to shatter 13-million barrier this year

The number of visitors to Japan is likely to exceed 13 million in 2014, according to Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Shigeto Kubo. The visitor count from January to November rose 28.2 percent from the corresponding period last year to an estimated 12,177,500, the Japan ...

Two die, train derails  as blizzards continue

Dec 18, 2014

Two die, train derails as blizzards continue

At least two people have died in snow-related incidents since heavy snowfall and blizzards brought harsh conditions to central and northern Japan. A 68-year-old man was found dead in snow near his home in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, on Wednesday night. Police believe he fell ...