National Apr 10, 2015

Minke whaling begins in Japanese coastal waters

Four whaling ships left a northeastern port Friday to hunt up to 51 minke whales in coastal waters in the period up to May 26 as part of the government's scientific research whaling in the northwestern Pacific. The Association for Community-based Whaling, a nonprofit set ...

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

National Jul 23, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a makeshift shopping center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives. Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village opened in February 2012 and consists of 32 restaurants ...