Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

Feb 20, 2016

Aromas of old town Tokyo attract new visitors

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A traditionally working-class neighborhood in Tokyo that rose from the ashes to become one of the city’s favorite retreats lies a stone’s throw east of the Sumida River across from Nihombashi. In the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, where cafes and boutiques have cropped up like wild ...

Put Pyongyang on notice over crimes, U.N. rights envoy says

Feb 16, 2016

Put Pyongyang on notice over crimes, U.N. rights envoy says

The United Nation’s special envoy for human rights in North Korea urged the U.N. on Monday to formally warn the country that its leader and other top officials could be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. A report from Marzuki Darusman, the special rapporteur for ...

5,000 people take part in Tokyo disaster drill

Feb 8, 2016

5,000 people take part in Tokyo disaster drill

About 5,000 people took part in large-scale disaster drills Monday in central Tokyo that assumed massive numbers of people were stranded at train stations and on the streets in the wake of a massive earthquake. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, ...

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

Feb 2, 2016

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

The government is considering opening a state guesthouse in Kyoto to the public throughout the year to add to the allure of the ancient capital. Only a limited number of people who apply in advance are currently allowed inside the guesthouse. Officials will already ...

Population in Tokyo area increases further

Jan 30, 2016

Population in Tokyo area increases further

The population in Tokyo and surrounding areas increased further in 2015, government data show. The number of people who moved into the capital and three neighboring prefectures — Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa — last year exceeded that of people who left by 119,357, according ...

Jan 25, 2016

Tokyo police to take 3-D mug shots of all crime suspects

The Metropolitan Police Department will install three-dimensional photography equipment at all 102 police stations in Tokyo in April to take 3-D mug shots of crime suspects for use in investigations. The use of 3-D photos will enable more accurate checks against images from surveillance ...