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Japan, Australia OK free trade, defense deals

Jul 8, 2014

Japan, Australia OK free trade, defense deals

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, signed bilateral accords to boost free trade and cooperation on defense equipment and technology research and development, during summit talks in the Australian capital Tuesday. On the second leg of his three-nation tour of ...

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 ...