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Jul 1, 2015

Japan to bolster ship patrols near Senkakus

The central government announced plans Tuesday to strengthen patrols around the Senkakus Islands in the East China Sea by sending more large patrol ships, apparently to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. Under a new policy on guarding and managing the nation’s remote islands, the ...

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

Jul 1, 2015

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

A memoir detailing the macabre accounts of a 1997 juvenile serial killer is stirring controversy, but not only for its stomach-turning subject matter. “Zekka,” which was published without relatives of the victims being notified in advance, has climbed up the best-seller list. Seito Sakakibara, ...

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers ...

Jun 30, 2015

Boring survey at Futenma relocation site extended

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the government will extend by three months an offshore boring survey now under way at the replacement site for the Futenma military base in Okinawa Prefecture. Landfill work for the new air base in Nago will begin this summer ...