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Suga elected Japan PM as Abe era ends, forms continuity Cabinet

TOKYO — Yoshihide Suga was elected Japan’s prime minister by parliament on Sept. 16, with the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years forming a Cabinet filled with familiar faces as he vows to stay the course set by his predecessor Shinzo Abe. For Suga, who became chief of the Liberal Democratic Party earlier […]

VOICES OF THE NIKKEI COMMUNITY: The aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb

This first-person account of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing was written several years ago by Ame Kobayashi, as part of her family memoirs. Ame was born in Idaho and raised there on a farm by her parents Junji and Kuniko Hamada, one of six children. She was sent to Japan after high school to […]

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor determined to share memories in English

NAGASAKI, (Kyodo) — Michio Hakariya had been trying to share his experiences of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki with foreign audiences for some years when he began to feel that his inability to speak directly to them in their own language was blunting his message. Despite his advanced years, the response of the retired […]

Canadian architect says Japanese roots shaped his aesthetic

TOKYO — For Raymond Moriyama, an award-winning Canadian architect of Japanese descent, the lessons of culture and community he takes from his ancestry formed the foundation of his aesthetics and architectural designs. He often sought inspiration and solutions from childhood memories, including his days spent at an incarceration camp during World War II, when he […]

Wartime documents shed light on gov’t role in recruiting ‘comfort women’

TOKYO — The Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one “comfort woman” for every 70 soldiers, according to documents reviewed by Kyodo News on Dec. 6 that shed new light on the wartime practice of forcing women into military brothels. The documents were collected by the Cabinet Secretariat between April 2017 and March […]

Okinawa castle at World Heritage site destroyed in predawn fire

NAHA, Japan — The main buildings of a castle at a World Heritage site in Okinawa, regarded as a symbol of the southern Japanese prefecture, burned to the ground in a predawn fire Oct. 31, with the blaze finally suppressed hours later. The fire started just before 2:40 a.m. at Shuri Castle, one of Okinawa’s […]

90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov’t support

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Flooding at levels of less than 1 meter made up more than 90 percent of the approximately 68,000 homes damaged by the destructive Typhoon Hagibis, the government said Oct. 23, making the homeowners unlikely to receive financial support under current law. In cases of water damage, the law on financial assistance to […]

Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games

TOKYO — Amid a shifting cultural landscape, a handful of talented multiracial athletes are among some of Japan’s best chances to reach the podium at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and consequently draw attention to an often ignored yet growing segment of the country’s population. At the top of that list is tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, […]

Andrew Yang brings presidential campaign to ethnic media

On Tuesday, July 23, Andrew Yang became the first presidential candidate to participate in a teleconference with ethnic media reporters, organized by Ethnic Media Services. Pleased to be offered a bubble tea as he sat down at a dais, Yang greeted about four dozen ethnic media representatives by noting how his own parents, after immigrating […]

2 dead as man stabs 16 schoolgirls, 2 adults near Tokyo

KAWASAKI, Japan — Sixteen pupils and two parents waiting with them for their school bus were stabbed by a man wielding knives in Kawasaki near Tokyo on May 28, leaving a girl and a man dead, police and school officials said. The 16 schoolgirls, students at Caritas Elementary School, a private Catholic school in the city, […]

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