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Japan’s public broadcaster sends erroneous N. Korea missile bulletin

TOKYO — Japan’s public broadcaster NHK erroneously issued an online bulletin Jan. 16 saying that North Korea had fired a missile, as the country remains on high alert for provocations from the neighboring country. The broadcaster sent out a news flash stating, “North Korea likely to have launched a missile. J-Alert. Government urges evacuation to […]

Japanese ICAN member congratulates ‘hibakusha’ for Nobel Peace Prize

TOKYO — A key Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons congratulated the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Oct. 9 for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Geneva-based organization. “It is an award for everyone who has worked to eradicate nuclear arms,” Akira Kawasaki, an […]

U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea missile test as ‘outrageous’

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — The U.N. Security Council on Aug. 29 strongly condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an “outrageous” threat, demanding Pyongyang conduct no more such launches or nuclear tests. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a presidential statement during an emergency meeting convened at the request of Japan, the […]

Navy confirms deaths of all 7 missing crew on damaged U.S. destroyer

YOKOHAMA  — The U.S. Navy said June 19 it has confirmed dead all seven crew members of its destroyer Fitzgerald who were listed as missing following a collision with a Filipino container ship south of Tokyo Bay at the weekend. The navy announced the end of its search for the missing crew the previous day […]

U.N. panel calls for revising Japan-S. Korea ‘comfort women’ deal

GENEVA — The U.N. Committee against Torture called on Japan and South Korea to revise their 2015 deal to settle the long-standing row over women who were forced into wartime Japanese military brothels. The agreement should be modified to “ensure that the surviving victims of sexual slavery during World War II are provided with redress, […]

Many still struggling 6 years after quake, nuclear disaster

TOKYO  — Survivors pledged to reconstruct their hometowns March 11 on the sixth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in northeastern Japan, with many still struggling to rebuild their lives. “I never imagined I would be living in temporary housing for six years,” said Hirotoshi Masukura, a 61-year-old evacuee from an off-limits […]

Toyota to invest $10 bil. in U.S. over 5 years

DETROIT — Toyota Motor Corp. will spend $10 billion in U.S. capital investments over the next five years, President Akio Toyoda announced Jan. 9, under an arrangement the automaker says predates U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to penalize it for plans to produce cars for the American market in Mexico. Toyoda made the announcement during […]

List of Japanese Cubans sent to WWII incarceration camps found

HAVANA  — A list of about 350 Japanese Cubans who were sent to incarceration camps by the Cuban government during World War II was found in the Central American country recently, shining a light on a long-forgotten fact in its history. A copy of the list of Japanese immigrants to Cuba and their descendants, compiled […]

Junko Tabei, first woman to conquer Everest, dies at 77

TOKYO — Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, the first woman to conquer Mt. Everest in 1975, died of peritoneal cancer at a Saitama hospital Oct. 20, her family said. She was 77. Even after reaching the world’s highest 8,848-meter peak at age 35, the Fukushima native actively climbed mountains abroad. In 1992, she became the first […]

Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi wins Nobel Prize in medicine

STOCKHOLM — Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering and elucidating mechanisms for autophagy, an intracellular process that degrades and recycles proteins, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute said Oct. 3. The 71-year-old professor emeritus at the Tokyo Institute of Technology revealed the mechanism of how […]

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