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Stories of unprecedented destruction and Japan's eventual surrender

Aug 5, 2015

Stories of unprecedented destruction and Japan's eventual surrender

On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors ...

Print run for Akutagawa-winning novel 'Hibana' to top 2 million

Aug 4, 2015

Print run for Akutagawa-winning novel 'Hibana' to top 2 million

Publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said it will print 400,000 more copies of comedian Naoki Matayoshi’s novel “Hibana” (“Spark”), bringing the total number past the 2 million mark amid robust sales after it won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize last month. The print run is expected to ...

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

Aug 4, 2015

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

The Meteorological Agency has launched a system to immediately inform local residents and hikers of an eruption at any of the country’s 47 monitored volcanoes. Residents and climbers are to receive prompt notice of which volcano has erupted and when. The notification will come ...

Record heatstroke victims taken to hospitals last week

Aug 4, 2015

Record heatstroke victims taken to hospitals last week

The number of people across Japan taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke or heat exhaustion stood at 11,672 in the week to Sunday, the most in a single week since officials started compiling comparable statistics in 2008, the Fire and Disaster Management ...

Mt. Gox ran out of money six months before going bust

Aug 4, 2015

Mt. Gox ran out of money six months before going bust

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox Co. apparently ran out of money six months before it announced in February 2014 that it was filing for bankruptcy after tens of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency and client funds disappeared, investigative sources said Tuesday. The ...