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Washington kicks off annual cherry blossom festival

Mar 26, 2017

Washington kicks off annual cherry blossom festival

The opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington on Friday to celebrate the iconic pale pink flowers brought to the Tidal Basin as a gift from Japan. “The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the biggest celebration of Japan-U.S. friendship ...

Bids sought for '66 locomotive but delivery not included

Mar 26, 2017

Bids sought for '66 locomotive but delivery not included

A small railway business in Shizuoka Prefecture is looking for an entity or an individual interested in buying a retired, non-working electric locomotive as a display piece. The 11-meter-long, 40-ton ED403 locomotive was built in 1966 by Nippon Sharyo Ltd., and despite the size ...

Mar 26, 2017

Bird flu toll in Miyagi, Chiba kept down to 270,000 chickens

The chicken cull sparked by the nation’s latest bird flu outbreaks fell short of the originally planned goal of 300,000 Sunday as authorities in Miyagi and Chiba prefectures opted to settle for roughly 209,000 and 62,000 chickens, respectively. The two prefectures north of Tokyo ...