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Straw boats set sail to test Taiwan-Japan settler theory

Jul 17, 2016

Straw boats set sail to test Taiwan-Japan settler theory

Two primitive straw canoes departed from Yonaguni Island on Sunday morning to reproduce a 75-km ocean voyage thought to have brought the first settlers to the Japanese archipelago about 30,000 years ago. The voyage has “started at last,” said lead researcher Yosuke Kaifu, head ...

Second to last of 1942 Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

Jun 23, 2016

Second to last of 1942 Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

One of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders — who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale — has died in Montana, his family said. Retired Staff Sgt. David Jonathan Thatcher died Wednesday in a ...

Hibiya Park plaque to honor late Filipino leader Quirino

May 22, 2016

Hibiya Park plaque to honor late Filipino leader Quirino

The late former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino will next month receive a memorial marker at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park in honor of his contribution to bilateral ties, his family’s foundation said. The Quirino Memorial Marker, the first of its kind in Japan for a Philippine ...