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British Embassy's Meiji Era villa reopens in Tochigi

National Jun 30, 2016

British Embassy's Meiji Era villa reopens in Tochigi

A ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the reopening of the renovated British Embassy villa in Tochigi Prefecture, offering a glimpse into the lives of British diplomats more than a century ago. During the ceremony, British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens said he was delighted ...

Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal

National Jun 30, 2016

Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal

The space agency is planning an experiment to remove simulated space junk as part of efforts to develop a simple and inexpensive disposal system for objects that might puncture the International Space Station or destroy satellites. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said scientists will try ...

Hiroshima to loan Obama's paper cranes to Nagasaki

National Jun 30, 2016

Hiroshima to loan Obama's paper cranes to Nagasaki

The Hiroshima city government will loan some of the paper cranes gifted by U.S. President Barack Obama to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, a municipal official said Thursday. Obama folded four cranes, giving them to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and to elementary and junior ...

Business / Corporate Jun 30, 2016

Brexit risks pile up for Hitachi Construction, CEO says

The risks are piling up for Japan's construction equipment makers in the aftermath of Brexit. Already contending with China's slowdown and a rout in commodities prices, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. now faces two new threats after the U.K.'s vote to quit the European Union: the ...

Kishida urges Britain to ensure stable environment for Japanese firms

Business Jun 30, 2016

Kishida urges Britain to ensure stable environment for Japanese firms

Japan and Britain have agreed to work closely following the latter's vote to leave the European Union, including addressing worries among Japanese companies of problems they may face, Japan's Foreign Ministry said. In talks by phone on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida requested that British ...

Editorials Jun 30, 2016

Musudan missile launches

North Korea must realize that only by abandoning its nuclear weapons and missile programs will it be able to enjoy stability and prosperity.

Retreat from the heat to the cinema this summer

Film Jun 30, 2016

Retreat from the heat to the cinema this summer

by James Hadfield

The summer blockbuster is dead — or at least, it has ceased to exist as a distinct entity. Four decades after "Jaws" set the template for mass-market Hollywood spectacle, the so-called event movie has expanded its turf so dramatically that July and August, once ...

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

TV Jun 30, 2016

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

by Chinatsu Yajima

Actress Kasumi Arimura on Thursday was selected for the lead role in an NHK drama titled "Hiyokko" that will be aired from April 2017. Arimura was chosen without an audition, with producer Hiroshi Kashi describing her as "an actress with the ability to play different ...