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Hiroshima marks fifth anniversary of deadly mudslides

National Aug 20, 2019

Hiroshima marks fifth anniversary of deadly mudslides

Hiroshima marked the fifth anniversary on Tuesday of landslides that claimed 77 lives, with residents in the affected areas holding a memorial service to mourn the victims. The memorial was attended by the bereaved families, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and others. Flowers were left at various ...

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and family meet Bhutan's king

National Aug 20, 2019

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and family meet Bhutan's king

Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and their 12-year-old son Prince Hisahito met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema on Monday and spent time together in the capital city of Thimphu. A classical Bhutanese dance was performed and a band ...

'Jihadi Jack' lashes out at U.K. after it revokes his citizenship

World Aug 20, 2019

'Jihadi Jack' lashes out at U.K. after it revokes his citizenship

The Muslim convert dubbed "Jihadi Jack" who is being held in northern Syria after joining the Islamic State group on Monday said Britain's decision to revoke his citizenship was "not something I recognise." Jack Letts, 24, a dual U.K.-Canadian national, was captured by Kurdish forces ...

Russian nuclear test sensors mysteriously go offline

World / Science & Health Aug 20, 2019

Russian nuclear test sensors mysteriously go offline

The operator of a global network of radioactivity sensors said Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion on Aug. 8 went offline two days after the blast, raising concern about possible tampering by Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry, which operates the two ...

Juul and Philip Morris sued in U.S. for targeting kids

Business Aug 20, 2019

Juul and Philip Morris sued in U.S. for targeting kids

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. and Philip Morris USA Inc. were sued for illegally marketing nicotine-delivery devices to minors and deceiving consumers about the risks of vaping. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 19-year-old, Christian Foss, who says he became addicted to nicotine ...

Editorials Aug 20, 2019

Japan's falling food self-sufficiency

The government needs to review whether food self-sufficiency should be maintained as a key yardstick in its agriculture policy — and if so, what should be the practical level necessary to secure the nation's food supply.

The spirit of Satchmo survives in Tokyo

Music Aug 20, 2019

The spirit of Satchmo survives in Tokyo

by William Archambeault

Yoshio Toyama and his wife, Keiko, have spent most of their lives as unofficial musical ambassadors between Japan and the American city of New Orleans. In New Orleans, Toyama, a trumpeter and singer, is known as the "Satchmo of Japan" for his skillful ability to ...

Minimalism: Not as straightforward as it seems

Art Aug 20, 2019

Minimalism: Not as straightforward as it seems

by John L. Tran

It's 100 years since the Bauhaus art and design school first opened in Weimar, Germany, and the new Muji flagship store in Ginza is as good a venue as any to hold an anniversary exhibition celebrating the values of simple, affordable modernist design.