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7 Mar
People walk down stairs through wooden "torii" gates as they leave a shrine in Tokyo on Friday.
7 Mar
The U.S. military says Iraqi forces have retaken the town of al-Baghdadi from Islamic State fighters after months of battles. The military task force coordinating Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign against Islamic State militants, says Iraqi and tribal fighters cleared the town in Anbar province and have retaken the police…
7 Mar
Outdoor barbecues are the epitome of summer fun. But if you live in Japan, you’re sure to be drenched in sweat after ten minutes in the hot, humid weather. Luckily, Nissan created a solution to the hassle and heat of the typical cookout: the Ultimate Smart BBQ vehicle. The all-electric…
7 Mar
Four years on, the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis that befell Japan’s Tohoku region on March 11, 2011 have very little effect on the day-to-day lives of most people in the country. The rolling blackouts have stopped. Batteries and bottled water are once again readily available. Trains are running, and…
7 Mar
The cabinet on Friday approved a bill to revise a law that will give equal authority over the Self-Defense Forces to both bureaucrats and uniformed personnel in the Defense Ministry. The government plans to submit the bill, revising Article 12 of the Defense Ministry Law, during the current Diet session,…
7 Mar
Each neighborhood of Tokyo has its own unique feel, but it’s hard to top Shinjuku. Located in the heart of downtown, Shinjuku has just about everything you could ask for in a modern metropolis, boasting such attractions as a beautiful garden, extensive shopping options, an uncountable array of restaurants and…
7 Mar
After playing both real and mythical queens, a golden age screen idol and Bob Dylan, Cate Blanchett is taking on another iconic, complex character - Cinderella's evil stepmother. In Disney's live-action "Cinderella," Oscar-winning Blanchett plays the impeccably groomed and conniving Lady Tremaine, the villain obstructing Cinderella (Lily James) on her…
7 Mar
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, the Komeito Party, on Friday discussed scenarios that would allow Japan the right to collective self-defense. The government plans to submit a bill to the Diet after Golden Week, revising the law so that the Self-Defense Forces could be deployed…
7 Mar
Democrats on the House committee investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks are demanding that the panel's Republican chairman withdraw a subpoena for Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal emails and schedule a hearing for Clinton to testify immediately. The 12-member panel is investigating the September 2012 attacks, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris…
7 Mar
Apple supplier Japan Display said Friday it would spend 170 billion yen on a new smartphone and tablet screen factory, in a move that may be a response to growing demand from the U.S. iPhone maker. The plant, which is expected to produce 25,000 sheets of liquid crystal displays (LCD)…
7 Mar
Tokyu Hands is known for its amazing array of goods. From bicycles to Kabuki face masks and everything in between, this is a company that’s built their brand with a focus on providing unique and innovative Japanese products to the local and international market. Now, the cafe on the top…
7 Mar
7 Mar
The surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, marked the day the United States entered World War II. Over three thousand Americans lost their lives in the attack and in 1962 the USS Arizona Memorial was constructed over the sunken battle ship USS Arizona to remember those…
7 Mar
The International Olympic Committee does not necessarily condone the political or legal systems in countries that it selects to host the games, IOC President Thomas Bach said. Bach's statement, delivered at a sports conference in Denmark, comes a few months before the IOC chooses between China and Kazakhstan to host…
7 Mar
It could be the battle of the titans. Auto giants at the Geneva Motor Show say they welcome the potential move of Silicon Valley players into their sector but experts warn of major disruptions. Google has long made headlines with its plans for a self-driving car, but Apple is now…
7 Mar
A 24-year-old man in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, has been arrested for fatally abusing his two-month-old son. The child died three days after being hit by his father, police said Friday. According to police, the suspect, Yuta Kai, hit his son across the face with the palm of his hand at…
7 Mar
Major convenience store chain 7-Eleven is expanding its presence in Japan with stores planned for Kochi Prefecture this month and one in Aomori in summer. That will leave only Tottori and Okinawa as the only two prefectures without a 7-Eleven. Three stores will open in Kochi City, including one at…
7 Mar
A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians near a border police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring four officers and a bystander, police said. He then lunged at security guards with a knife before being shot and wounded. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri described the incident…
7 Mar
Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said. A woman trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that Islamic extremists are urging civilians to leave…
7 Mar
"Got a phone charger you can lend me? No, I need the new type.... Oh, forget it." To ease the stress of a dying mobile phone battery and the hassle of bundling wires into your bag, designers are hoping to make 2015 the year of the wireless charger. Companies at…
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