Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

May 25, 2017

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear and earthquake-tsunami calamity. With the visage of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, the dress-up doll first debuted in 1967 and ...

Mexico fireworks warehouse blast kills 14, including 11 children

May 10, 2017

Mexico fireworks warehouse blast kills 14, including 11 children

An explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Mexico killed 14 people, including 11 children, authorities said Tuesday. The blast struck Monday night in a rural area of central Puebla state, Diodoro Carrasco, a senior official in the state government, told radio station Cinco Radio. ...

Twitter users spin turn minister's Tohoku gaffe into praise for region

Apr 27, 2017

Twitter users spin turn minister's Tohoku gaffe into praise for region

Thousands of Twitter users are posting positive comments about Tohoku using the hashtag #Tohokudeyokatta (“It was good that it was in Tohoku”), playing on the job-ending gaffe of reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura. Imamura resigned Wednesday a day after saying “it was good that” the ...