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Jomanji Temple burns down in late-night blaze in Aichi

National Feb 2, 2018

Jomanji Temple burns down in late-night blaze in Aichi

Jomanji Temple, a state-designated tangible cultural property in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, went up in flames late Thursday, bringing an end to a Buddhist structure that dated back to the Edo Period (1603-1868). "I heard loud booms, which I first thought were fireworks," said resident Makoto ...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to visit Japan next week

National / Politics Feb 2, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to visit Japan next week

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will make a three-day visit to Japan before attending the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Japanese government said. Pence will arrive on Tuesday and hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. The Winter ...

Are you okay, Auntie May? China warms to U.K. prime minster

World / Politics Feb 2, 2018

Are you okay, Auntie May? China warms to U.K. prime minster

British Prime Minister Theresa May landed in China earlier this week fending off questions about her future amid mounting accusations of poor leadership, boring policies, and weakness over Brexit. By Friday the 61-year-old leader was basking in a warm reception from the leaders of the ...

Fidel Castro's son commits suicide, Cuban state-run media report

World Feb 2, 2018

Fidel Castro's son commits suicide, Cuban state-run media report

The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide Thursday at age 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. Castro Diaz-Balart, also known as "Fidelito" because of how much he looked like his father, ...

Business Feb 2, 2018

20 U.S. steel firms pressure Trump to act now to curb imports

Twenty-five U.S. steel companies and groups urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to urgently impose trade measures to curb excess steel capacity and surging imports affecting the U.S. industry. In a letter signed by some of the leading U.S. steel companies, the American Iron and ...

B. League boosts Kumamoto recovery

Basketball / B. League | HOOP SCOOP Feb 2, 2018

B. League boosts Kumamoto recovery

by Ed Odeven

Sometimes, the combined efforts of government officials, volunteers, local residents and sports leagues team up to produce a certifiable winner. Such was the case with the second annual B. League All-Star Game on Jan. 15 at Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium. All in all, the weekend was ...

Patriots welcome Rob Gronkowski's return

More Sports / Football Feb 2, 2018

Patriots welcome Rob Gronkowski's return

Eleven days after leaving the AFC Championship Game with a head injury, Rob Gronkowski was cleared from NFL concussion protocol on Thursday and practiced without limitation with the New England Patriots during the team's afternoon workout at the Minnesota Vikings' practice facility 15 miles ...