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Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Heavy rain on Friday hampered the search for 52 people believed buried alive on the edge of Hiroshima as opposition politicians hounded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for golfing and relaxing while responding to the disaster. Rescuers feared the continuing rain could set off further mudslides in the area after a ...

Aug 22, 2014

Fukuoka floods kill police officer; 102,000 told to evacuate

Record rainfall in Fukuoka Prefecture on Friday triggered an evacuation advisory for about 102,000 residents of Chikushino to avoid mudslides and river flooding that killed a police officer. According to the city, heavy rains have inundated several roads and left other areas underwater. The ...

California sushi chefs rejoice at end of glove law

Aug 22, 2014

California sushi chefs rejoice at end of glove law

A California law that required workers to wear gloves while handling “ready-to-eat” food has been repealed months after its introduction, allowing sushi chefs to once again offer delicacies to customers in the traditional fashion. Ready-to-eat foods don’t require additional cooking or heating when served ...

Aug 22, 2014

ASDF scrambles fighter jets against Russian bombers

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after a pair of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying in a circuit around the Japanese archipelago Thursday, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff office said. The bombers did not violate Japanese airspace, and the announcement ...