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Miyagi town settles over toddler's tsunami death

Dec 24, 2014

Miyagi town settles over toddler's tsunami death

The parents of a toddler killed in the 2011 tsunami while in the care of a municipal nursery reached a settlement with authorities on Wednesday in a damages suit heard at the Sendai High Court. Ryo Shibuya, 31, and his wife lost their 2-year-old ...

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Dec 24, 2014

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Kazunori Kumagai, 37, is the first Japanese to win the Flo-Bert prize, a prestigious award that honors tap dancers for outstanding achievements. Fresh from landing the prize in May, Kumagai, who is based in New York, returned to Japan this fall for a 70-minute ...

Renewing wedding vows a growing trend in Japan

Dec 24, 2014

Renewing wedding vows a growing trend in Japan

by Sawako Obara

Renewing wedding vows, a practice common in Europe and the United States for decades, has been slowly taking root in Japan over the past two to three years. Amid prolonged economic stagnation and in the aftermath of the March 2011 triple disaster, many Japanese ...

Renho aims to run for DPJ president

Dec 24, 2014

Renho aims to run for DPJ president

Former government revitalization minister Renho, who goes by just one name, said Wednesday she aims to run in the Democratic Party of Japan’s presidential election next month. “I will certainly try (to join the race),” the former television personality told reporters. But she said ...

Vagina artist Megumi Igarashi indicted on charges of obscenity

Dec 24, 2014

Vagina artist Megumi Igarashi indicted on charges of obscenity

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a feminist artist who makes objects shaped like her vagina with distributing “obscene” data, according to her lawyer, in a case that has sparked accusations that authorities are out of touch. The charges follow Megumi Igarashi’s arrest this month after ...

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Dec 24, 2014

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Gen Nakatani, picked Wednesday as defense minister, is a former Self-Defense Forces officer well-versed in defense and security policy, and an advocate of expanding the range of roles Japan can play in security overseas. He was an instructor for an elite ranger unit before ...

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Dec 24, 2014

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Are you feeling lucky? Donors who give cash to the city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture are being rewarded with unconventional thank-you gifts: lottery tickets. Since November, Ube has been sending stacks of tickets to well-wishers who make a contribution to city coffers through ...