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Jan 23, 2015

70% of visitors satisfied with Japan's credit card services

A survey of tourists’ views on credit card services in Japan has found that 72 percent are satisfied, an industry survey says. However, one in three respondents found that not all stores accepted credit cards, and half of those said they did not buy ...

Video of Japanese hostages: Was it really shot outside?

Jan 23, 2015

Video of Japanese hostages: Was it really shot outside?

The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past Islamic State videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all. An expert in these videos said ...

Jan 23, 2015

Interfaith group urges release of Japanese hostages

The World Conference of Religions for Peace, an alliance of faith leaders, on Thursday called for the release of the two hostages apparently held for ransom by the Islamic State extremist group. “We urge the kidnappers to release the two Japanese hostages to a ...

Jan 23, 2015

Government mulls 15%-20% target for nuclear power output by 2030

Japan is mulling setting the proportion of electricity to be generated by nuclear power at around 15 to 20 percent in 2030, lower than the 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010 before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, government officials said Thursday. The government will also consider ...

Jan 23, 2015

JR East to run bus through Fukushima no-entry zone

East Japan Railway Co. said Thursday it will start a bus service through the effective exclusion zone around Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear station. The service, starting on Jan. 31, will be the first public transport to enter the zone ...

Jazz concert raises money for AIDS charity in Lesotho

Jan 23, 2015

Jazz concert raises money for AIDS charity in Lesotho

The Tokyo Art Foundation held a charity jazz concert, featuring a solo performance by foundation Chairman Haruhisa Handa, in Tokyo on Jan. 15. The “New Year’s Solo Jazz Extravaganza!” was held with the support of the Worldwide Support for Development (WSD), a nonprofit organization ...