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Mar 29, 2015

Japan ups abduction probe pressure on North

The government is stepping up pressure on North Korea to issue a report on its renewed investigation into Japanese who were abducted by the reclusive state’s agents decades ago. Japan soon plans to extend sanctions against the North, including a trade embargo, it will ...

Palau president lauds Imperial Couple's upcoming visit

Mar 29, 2015

Palau president lauds Imperial Couple's upcoming visit

President Tommy Remengesau expressed gratitude for the decision by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit the Pacific island nation next month on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. “We are very much honored and grateful for this historical opportunity ...

Battle of Palau survivors' group in Gunma to disband

Mar 29, 2015

Battle of Palau survivors' group in Gunma to disband

Japan’s largest association of war-bereaved from the Battle of Peleliu, one of the islands of Palau, will disband next spring because its aging membership is shrinking, members said Saturday. The association, based in Gunma Prefecture, will disband after making a trip to the tiny ...

Mar 29, 2015

Focus: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress

Washington honors its closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until Thursday, when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, no Japanese leader had been invited. That’s striking considering the tight Japan-U.S. alliance ...

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

| Mar 28, 2015

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

by Philip Brasor

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Japan earlier this month, local coverage focused on a joint German-Japanese statement about the Ukraine crisis and her comment that Japan should forthrightly address its actions during World War II. She said nothing about how Japan and ...

Mar 28, 2015

Sendai official sacked over fake funeral claims

A civil servant who made up deaths and even claimed he was going to the same person’s funeral twice has been sacked in Miyagi Prefecture. Shigenori Natori was fired from his job managing public parks in Sendai after taking 16 days of bereavement leave ...