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 ...

Tourism boom lifts economy, but brings headaches

Jun 23, 2015

Tourism boom lifts economy, but brings headaches

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From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the temple streets of Kyoto, tourists are cramming Japan’s prime sightseeing spots, puzzling their way through Tokyo subways, and splashing out cash on cosmetics, sushi and high-tech toilet seats. The cheap yen, easier visas and other initiatives ...

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Apr 29, 2015

Hundreds protest in San Francisco for Abe war apology

Hundreds of people protested outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for his country’s treatment of people from other parts of Asia during World War II. Tuesday’s protest comes days before the prime minister is scheduled ...

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

Feb 19, 2015

Ninja promote 'cool' vending machines

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To lure foreign tourists, especially Chinese arriving in large numbers for the Lunar New Year holiday, JR East is promoting Japan’s cutting-edge vending machine technology at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo, with staff dressed in ninja and kimono outfits. JR East Water Business Co. ...

Department stores beef up Chinese service before Year of the Sheep

Feb 16, 2015

Department stores beef up Chinese service before Year of the Sheep

Major department stores are beefing up their service for Chinese customers ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday season starting Wednesday, bidding for big-spending tourists to offset the slump in domestic spending. The Year of the Sheep begins on Thursday, and Chinese visitors are ...

Two killed in Nicaragua canal protests

Dec 25, 2014

Two killed in Nicaragua canal protests

A police crackdown on hundreds of Nicaraguan farmers protesting the construction of a $50 billion canal across their land left two dead Wednesday, an activist and opposition leader reported. Police action against protesters began on Tuesday and intensified Wednesday near land to be expropriated ...

Dec 9, 2014

Chinese man arrested for illegal access to NTT server

Tokyo police have arrested a Chinese man on suspicion of illegally accessing a server operated by NTT Communications Corp.’s Internet service provider OCN, it was learned Tuesday. The 32-year-old company employee, Geng Qiang, who lives in Tokyo, has admitted to the charge, informed sources ...

Nov 18, 2014

FBI probes State Department hacking tied to White House breach

The FBI is investigating a hacking attack that forced the U.S. State Department to disable part of its email system and may be linked to a previously disclosed intrusion of the White House network. The FBI on Monday said it opened investigations into the ...