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Japan's power supply system a weak link in times of disaster

Business Sep 8, 2018

Japan's power supply system a weak link in times of disaster

Japan's ultramodern conveniences, its bullet trains, automated ticketing systems and smart homes work just fine — until the power goes out. The blackout across the entire northern island of Hokkaido after a powerful earthquake struck early Thursday showed the weak link in all that technology. The ...

Five decades later, Tokyo has something new to prove

National Feb 27, 2018

Five decades later, Tokyo has something new to prove

Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets and dazzling efficiency. Tokyo's back again with the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time with something ...

Two cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

World Dec 8, 2016

Two cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown joined his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends. Nagaoka Mayor Tatsunobu Isoda lay flowers at the main memorial event Wednesday ...