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May 26, 2015

Government wants increase in safe-driving features

The number of traffic accident deaths nationwide declined in 2014, but the share of elderly people killed was the highest in nearly 50 years, according to a government report issued Tuesday that called for further development in safe-driving technology like automatic braking systems. A ...

May 26, 2015

Japan to keep urging world leaders to visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Government officials said they will continue to seek support at international gatherings for Japan’s proposal that world leaders visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki after a U.N. nuclear disarmament conference ended last week without issuing a consensus document. During the month-long Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference ...

Imperial Couple pay respects to WWII air raid victims

May 26, 2015

Imperial Couple pay respects to WWII air raid victims

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday paid tribute to the roughly 100,000 victims of the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo during World War II, attending a commemoration service at a memorial hall dedicated in part to those who died. The Imperial Couple last visited ...

Foreigners flock to Arakurayama Park to photograph pagoda, iconic Fuji

May 26, 2015

Foreigners flock to Arakurayama Park to photograph pagoda, iconic Fuji

An increasing number of foreign tourists are visiting Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, to photograph the scenery, including a vermilion-lacquered five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The spot was already popular among local citizens, but now the city is hoping ...

Spent-nuclear fuel issues plague restarts

May 26, 2015

Spent-nuclear fuel issues plague restarts

Spent fuel at the Hamaoka nuclear power station in Shizuoka Prefecture could exceed the capacity of storage pools some two years after the plant is restarted — much sooner than the previously assumed eight years, according to sources. The faster pace is because the ...