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Jul 8, 2014

Nuke abolition confab planned for Nagasaki in November 2015

An annual international conference of scientists working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and war will be held in Nagasaki in November 2015, the executive committee of its organizer said Tuesday. The 61st Pugwash Conference will take place on Iojima Island in Nagasaki. During ...

Jul 8, 2014

SDF bases welcome students on field trips

by Hotaka Tazawa

Public awareness in of the Self-Defense Forces is growing, with an increasing number of students under college age visiting SDF bases as part of social studies programs. Helping fuel interest is the recent high-profile move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen the nation’s ...

Self-righting Fukushima dolls on display at U.K. Parliament

Jul 8, 2014

Self-righting Fukushima dolls on display at U.K. Parliament

Sixty-six traditional tumble dolls from Fukushima Prefecture are on display inside Britain’s Houses of Parliament, several of them the work of celebrity designers. The event was organized by a group of Fukushima expatriates living in Britain. They say the “okiagari-koboshi” dolls, which right themselves ...

Violence against railway workers on decline

Jul 8, 2014

Violence against railway workers on decline

Cases of violence by train passengers against railway workers totaled 760 in fiscal 2013, down by 68 from the previous year, according to the latest tally by an industry group. In a report released Monday, the Association of Japanese Private Railways said 29 railway ...