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No shopping rush seen in Tokyo from 1,000-strong Saudi delegation

Mar 15, 2017

No shopping rush seen in Tokyo from 1,000-strong Saudi delegation

Despite expectations that a 1,000-strong delegation traveling with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud Salman would go on a shopping spree during their four-day visit to Tokyo through Wednesday, shops reported low numbers of Saudi shoppers. Electronics retailer Yodobashi Camera Co.'s flagship shop in the ...

Cockroach longevity linked to female cohabitation

/ Mar 14, 2017

Cockroach longevity linked to female cohabitation

Female cockroaches living in groups with other females are more likely to have their unfertilized eggs hatch, a research team at Hokkaido University has found, providing a possible explanation for the reason the insect has managed to survive for hundreds of millions of years. When ...

'Pokemon Go' deploys Snorlax to quake-hit Kyushu

Mar 3, 2017

'Pokemon Go' deploys Snorlax to quake-hit Kyushu

The maker of "Pokemon Go" is now trying to draw visitors to quake-hit Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by increasing appearances made by a popular character in the hit smartphone game. The Snorlax, called Kabigon in Japan, will soon appear more often across Kumamoto and in ...

Translated A-bomb book reminds us of the horrors of war

/ Jan 28, 2017

Translated A-bomb book reminds us of the horrors of war

A recently released English translation of a Japanese book about 321 junior high school students killed by the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima is a poignant reminder of the inescapable suffering and militaristic indoctrination of youth at the time. Ishibumi, Edited by Naomi Saito, ...

G-20 leaders face challenges in achieving promised growth

| Sep 6, 2016

G-20 leaders face challenges in achieving promised growth

Leaders of the Group of 20 economies stressed their commitment to achieving "strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth," even as they face mounting structural and other challenges standing in the way of reaching their goals. Chinese President Xi Jinping, the chair of this year's meeting, ...

Aug 15, 2016

Books on Obama's historic Hiroshima speech seeing brisk sales

Several books containing the transcript of U.S. President Barack Obama's speech in Hiroshima in May have been published in Japan, reflecting high public interest in his historic visit to one of the two cities destroyed by atomic bombs during the war. A book titled "The ...