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Jan 29, 2015

Bad weather delays launch of intelligence satellite

The launch of a rocket carrying a backup radar system for a government intelligence gathering was postponed Thursday by bad weather. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said there was a risk of electrical storm clouds at the time ...

Goto's mother pins hopes on Abe

Jan 29, 2015

Goto's mother pins hopes on Abe

by Tomohiro Osaki

The mother of hostage Kenji Goto said Thursday she is pinning all her hopes on the government of Shinzo Abe, as she believes he can bring her son home alive. “Japan is a smart country. I have a 100 percent faith in (the nation’s) ...

Jan 29, 2015

ASEAN ministers condemn Islamic State actions in hostage crisis

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations condemned the violence perpetrated by militants in Iraq and Syria, including the seizure of two Japanese hostages and the apparent execution of one of them. “We denounce all unlawful acts of destruction, violence and terror ...

Chongryon's HQ resold to another company

Jan 29, 2015

Chongryon's HQ resold to another company

A real estate firm that recently acquired the building housing the Tokyo headquarters of North Korea-affiliated group Chongryon has signed a deal to sell the property for ¥4.4 billion, informed sources said Thursday. The building’s new owner, a Yamagata-based real estate company, is expected ...