National / Crime & Legal Apr 8, 2015

Machine oil sprayed in Nijo Castle, Nara shrine

An oily substance was found splattered at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage site in Kyoto, and at a shrine in Nara Prefecture. Officials who manage Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, said they found oil stains at some 20 ...

ISS skipper plays 'sho' in space

National May 4, 2014

ISS skipper plays 'sho' in space

A group of students played ancient Japanese court music with the captain of the International Space Station early Saturday morning as part of a NASA school education program. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, played a reed instrument known as the "sho" with around 10 Earth-bound ...

National Jan 26, 2014

Jury still out on Kansai union's worth

by Eric Johnston

A useless talk shop that will ultimately be remembered as a massive waste of taxpayer money, or a farsighted experiment that will someday be seen as the forerunner of a fundamentally new system of central government? That's the question that supporters and critics of the ...