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Mar 26, 2015

Novelist Mishima's 1964 Olympics reporter notebook goes on display

A notebook novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) used to cover the 1964 Tokyo Olympics has been found at the Mishima Yukio Literary Museum in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, and put on exhibit. The contents were published in an academic journal Monday. The show opened Tuesday. Mishima ...

Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets

Mar 26, 2015

Students think outside the bowl with designs for emergency toilets

Unique emergency toilets designed by groups of industrious high school girls are drawing praise as Japan looks for new ways to prepare for its next natural disaster. The students turned to the drawing board after being inspired by disaster-preparedness lessons at school, and some ...

Mar 26, 2015

More maintenance flaws found at Monju reactor

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has again failed to conduct maintenance checks properly at its Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor, including some components with the highest safety significance. The newly found maintenance flaws were reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority by the Nuclear Regulation Authority ...

Mar 26, 2015

Diet members to visit China in early May

Members of a supra-partisan group of Japanese lawmakers are set to visit China for three days starting May 4. The plan was reported to Wednesday’s general meeting of the group, which works to promote friendship between Japan and China. The parliamentarians’ league, headed by ...

Mar 26, 2015

Cabinet aims to approve security legislation around May 15

The government and ruling coalition are considering adopting national security legislation aimed at expanding the scope of Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas at a Cabinet meeting around May 15, Jiji Press has learned. The Abe administration, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, ...

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

Mar 26, 2015

Japan begins search for remains of WWII soldiers on Palau

The central government has started searching for the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the fighting during World War II on Peleliu Island, Palau, ahead of a planned visit to the West Pacific island by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko next month. Officials ...

Mar 26, 2015

Abe to skip China's war parade: report

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said Wednesday, as the former wartime enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history. Tokyo has not officially replied to Beijing’s comments on the march, ...