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Emperor and Empress visit Yoron Island to observe 'illusory sandbar'

Nov 17, 2017

Emperor and Empress visit Yoron Island to observe 'illusory sandbar'

Conducting a three-day tour to meet residents of remote islands, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited Yoron Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. The Imperial Couple, who stayed the prior night on Okinoerabu Island, traveled to Yoron to observe what is called an "illusory sandbar" ...

Nov 17, 2017

Japan to scrutinize U.N. recommendation on 'comfort women'

The government said Friday it will look closely at a U.N. body's recommendation urging Japan to apologize and pay compensation to "comfort women" who were forced to work in World War II military brothels. The issue was included in a total of 218 non-legally binding ...

Tokyo railway 'deeply sorry' after train leaves 20 seconds early

Nov 17, 2017

Tokyo railway 'deeply sorry' after train leaves 20 seconds early

A railway operator has issued a sincere apology for the "tremendous nuisance" caused by a train departing 20 seconds early, surprising even a nation renowned for both punctuality and politeness. Metropolitan Intercity Railway Co. said the Tsukuba Express train linking Tokyo and its northern suburbs ...