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Jan 20, 2017

Suicides in Japan drop to 22-year low in 2016

The number of suicides in Japan decreased to 21,764 last year — the lowest level in 22 years, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report released Friday. A Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry official attributed the decline to stronger localized efforts after ...

City of Obama holds onto that hope U.S. leader will visit

Jan 20, 2017

City of Obama holds onto that hope U.S. leader will visit

People in the coastal city of Obama, Fukui Prefecture, are calling on departing U.S. President Barack Obama to visit so they can show their appreciation for eight years in office that helped raise their city’s profile. “It’s sad he is leaving but I feel ...

Jan 20, 2017

Japan's Imperial Couple to make first visit to Vietnam

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will make a weeklong trip from Feb. 28 to Vietnam, their first visit to the Southeast Asian country, as well as Thailand, the government said Friday. The Emperor and Empress aim to promote international goodwill in their visit to ...