Jul 10, 2014

Japan to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage list

A government panel on Thursday endorsed churches and other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures as candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing in 2016. The government will submit a written recommendation for the locations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

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 7, 2014

Dinosaur tooth fragments 81 million years old found in Nagasaki

Three fossilized dinosaur tooth fragments have been discovered in a layer of earth 81 million years old in Nagasaki Prefecture, researchers said Monday. One of the three is from an ankylosaur, a bony-plated herbivore from the Upper Cretaceous period, estimated to be 5 to ...

Mayors ask Ban to aid nuke ban treaty

Apr 29, 2014

Mayors ask Ban to aid nuke ban treaty

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to hand over about 210,000 signatures of citizens calling for negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The signatures were collected over the past year by Mayors of ...

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

Apr 10, 2014

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

South Korean businesses are increasingly acquiring real estate around the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s base on Tsushima Island, arousing speculation that some of the purchases are related to espionage by Seoul. Tsushima is situated in the Sea of Japan about 50 km from the Korean ...

Apr 1, 2014

Hague court ruling looks to sideline whalers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi indicated his desire Tuesday to find ways for Japan to continue whaling despite the International Court of Justice’s order to discontinue the activity. While expressing regret over the ICJ’s ruling Monday that the country must stop its ...

Mar 30, 2014

Sasebo likely to host SDF marines

The new amphibious unit being formed by the Self-Defense Forces will likely be based in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, according to Defense Ministry officials. The ministry has opened talks with the Sasebo Municipal Government on the plan, the officials said. It calls for the new ...

Study links yellow dust to more people going to emergency rooms

Mar 12, 2014

Study links yellow dust to more people going to emergency rooms

A study released Wednesday by a team of Japanese researchers found emergency room admissions increased when levels of yellow dust originating in China were high. The team, including Dr. Kayo Ueda, a researcher with the National Institute for Environmental Studies, found the rise could ...