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Jan 30, 2015

Seoul mayor takes positive tack ahead of Japan visit

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon expressed hope Friday that his visit to Japan starting Sunday will help promote exchanges and cooperation with Tokyo, neighboring Saitama Prefecture and Hokkaido. In an interview with a group of Japanese reporters ahead of the six-day visit, Park said that ...

NGO tries to save South Asian relics

Jan 30, 2015

NGO tries to save South Asian relics

by Yugo Hirano

From the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-daro to Buddhist Gandhara art, South Asia is rich in cultural heritage but under threat from economic sprawl and a lack of restoration capabilities. To help preserve cultural sites at risk, a group of Japanese archaeologists has set ...

One dead in accident on Scorsese's Japan Christians movie set

Jan 30, 2015

One dead in accident on Scorsese's Japan Christians movie set

One person died and two were injured on Thursday when a ceiling collapsed on the set in Taiwan of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film “Silence,” a spokeswoman for the production said. The three were working as contractors to reinforce a building on the CMPC Studios ...

Jan 30, 2015

Deadline passes; Jordan still holds prisoner, no word on Goto

Jordanian information minister Mohammad Momani said Thursday night that Jordan is still holding Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi convicted would-be suicide bomber, after an apparent deadline by the Islamic State group passed. Speaking to reporters by phone, Momani also said that he has no information ...

Jan 29, 2015

Jordan arrests website pair over hostage swap rumors

Two managers of a Jordanian website have been arrested for spreading rumors that an Iraqi jihadi had been freed in exchange for a Japanese hostage, a judicial source said Thursday. The owner of the Saraya News site, Hashim al-Khalidi, and editor-in-chief Seif Obeidat could ...