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25 May
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted upon his arrival on Air Force One at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname on Wednesday night en route to Shima City for a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo below right shows him greeting U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and…
25 May
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday made a pilgrimage to the Ise Grand Shrine, the holiest site in Japan's Shinto religion, a day before he hosts a Group of Seven (G-7) summit nearby. Abe is expected to escort other G-7 leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama to the expansive…
25 May
Criminals who stole 1.4 billion yen ($13 million) from automatic teller machines across Japan in a three-hour spree probably chose the country because banks consider it a low fraud risk, security experts say. The gang used counterfeit Standard Bank credit cards to withdraw the cash in 14,000 transactions from ATMs…
25 May
A 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after taking a woman hostage and barricading an apartment in the western Japan prefecture of Ehime for over 16 hours, police said. The man was eventually persuaded by police officers to surrender around 1:30 p.m. The woman in her 20s, who reportedly used to…
25 May
One day before Japan will host a G-7 summit, NGOs slammed the Asian nation for financing coal-powered energy in developing countries, even as other countries and investors shun the climate-damaging fossil fuel. Within the G-7 bloc, Japan stands out for funnelling more than $22 billion into overseas coal plants since…
25 May
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold bilateral meetings on Wednesday evening with U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven nations, a Japanese foreign ministry source said. Among topics to be discussed between Abe and Obama will be…
25 May
A 1-year-old boy fell to his death from the 6th floor of his family apartment in Kyoto’s Tsurumai city in an apparent accident, police said Tuesday. According to police, at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, they received a report call from a passerby, notifying them that “a baby was dead.”…
25 May
Twitter is making some big changes, at least in the context of 140 characters or fewer. The social media service said Tuesday that in coming months, photos, videos and other media won't count toward Twitter's 140-character limit. Now, for example, when a user posts a photo, it counts for about…
25 May
On May 14, five days after voters in the Philippines chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president, two masked gunmen cruised this southern city's suburbs on a motorbike, looking for their kill. Gil Gabrillo, 47, a drug user, was returning from a cockfight when the gunmen approached.…
25 May
Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades. Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.…
25 May
The Diet on Tuesday enacted a law designed to deter hate speech, but questions remain about its effectiveness given a lack of provisions to ban or punish the use of discriminatory language. The bill passed the House of Representatives in a plenary session after clearing the House of Councillors on…
25 May
After hosting a G-7 summit this week and escorting U.S. President Barack Obama on a visit to Hiroshima, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is widely expected to decide on whether or not to postpone an unpopular sales tax hike, call a snap election and seek big wins in both houses…
25 May
Kunoichi, a female ninja, shakes hands with Maru at the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Maru is a Shiba Inu dog with a following of over 2.5 million accounts on Instagram.
25 May
Beleaguered Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers will be hoping for some warm words of comfort from the International Olympic Committee when senior officials arrive for talks on Wednesday. Controversy has once again cast a shadow over Japan's preparations for the 2020 Games after French prosecutors launched an investigation into $2 million…
25 May
Wallaby fullback Israel Folau's move to Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes may not happen after they were relegated from the Top League, a report said Wednesday. Folau signed a one-year contract with a one-year option in 2015 with the Osaka-based side but did not play last season due to…
25 May
Travel experts have tips for booking summer travel: — Sign up for fare alerts from the airlines and fare-tracking websites. Some of those sales end quickly, so you may have to act fast. — Use flexible-date searches available on many airline websites including those of United, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue.…
25 May
U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of its communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in amity between the former foes. Tens of thousands turned out to welcome Obama on the second leg…
25 May
Convoys of coffins streamed through the streets and mourners fired guns in the air Tuesday as two Syrian coastal towns — government strongholds that had gone relatively untouched throughout the civil war — reeled from coordinated bombings that killed more than 160 people. Residents of one of the towns, Jableh,…
25 May
It wasn’t until her last years in university when Takae Moriyama — founder of the Tokyo-based NPO "3keys" supporting underprivileged children in Japan — first learned of the appalling state of the country’s orphanages, and it only was a matter of coincidence. In a period of self-reflection, she recalls, she found herself…
25 May
Ama female divers are seen in the ocean in Toba, southern Mie Prefecture. The ama harvest adult abalone and release young abalone back into the sea. Mie holds the biggest population of ama divers in Japan. The G7 Ise-Shima summit will be held Thursday and Friday on Kashiko Island in…
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