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Feel the spirits of the season at haunted houses

Aug 11, 2016

Feel the spirits of the season at haunted houses

It's the Bon holiday season and there's a new "Ghostbusters" film on the way, which means spirits are likely on the minds of people in Japan. With that in mind, we checked out a few haunted houses in case you're looking for a summer ...

'Sukiyaki' lyricist Rokusuke Ei dies at 83

Jul 11, 2016

'Sukiyaki' lyricist Rokusuke Ei dies at 83

Rokusuke Ei, who wrote the lyrics to the global hit "Sukiyaki" ("Ue o Muite Aruko"), passed away from pneumonia at his home on Thursday. He was 83. Born in Tokyo in 1933 and a graduate of Waseda University, Ei began his career as a broadcast ...