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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 […]

Emperor’s message shows dilemma facing Japan’s imperial system

TOKYO — In an unprecedented video message released Aug. 8 on his views about his role, Japan’s elderly emperor expressed his concerns that his age and health could one day mean he cannot fully perform his duties. After media reports that 82-year-old Emperor Akihito wishes to abdicate surprised the nation in mid-July, his televised statement […]

Koike elected Tokyo’s 1st female governor

TOKYO — Former defense minister Yuriko Koike won July 31’s Tokyo gubernatorial election by a wide margin, becoming the first woman to lead the metropolis and taking on the goal of setting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics up for success. Thanking her supporters in the evening after her victory was clear, Koike, 64, said, […]

Obama reiterates call for world without nuclear in historic Hiroshima visit

HIROSHIMA — U.S. President Barack Obama on May 27 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he reiterated his call for a “world without nuclear weapons” during his speech at the Peace Memorial Park in the city devastated by the world’s first atomic bomb 71 years ago. “Among those nations like my […]

Hundreds of volunteers arriving to help quake-hit Kumamoto

KUMAMOTO, Japan — Hundreds of volunteers arrived in Kumamoto and other prefectures in southwestern Japan on April 22, seeking to help people in some of the areas hardest-hit by the continuing series of earthquakes. Some 1,000 people reported to Kumamoto city, the first batch of volunteers to be accepted by the prefectural capital, as the […]

Kerry becomes 1st U.S. sec. of state to visit Hiroshima A-bomb park

HIROSHIMA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on April 11 visited a peace park marking the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, the first top U.S. diplomat to do so, focusing attention on whether President Barack Obama will follow suit when he visits Japan later in the year. In […]

Gov’t, Okinawa end legal battle over Okinawa base relocation

TOKYO — The Japanese and Okinawa prefectural governments said March 4 they have reached a settlement in the legal battle over the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the southernmost island prefecture. Given that the two sides accepted a court-mediated settlement, they will now hold a new round of talks toward an “amicable […]

Half of 2011 quake, tsunami evacuees say local recovery lagging

SENDAI — More than a half of evacuees from the March 2011 quake and tsunami feel local recovery from the disaster has been insufficient, according to results of a Kyodo News survey released Feb. 11. The rate of respondents who said recovery has not been substantial was 54 percent in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures […]

Japan, S. Korea strike landmark deal on ‘comfort women’

SEOUL — Japan and South Korea on Dec. 28 struck a landmark deal to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the protracted dispute over Korean women who were procured for Japan’s wartime military brothels. As part of the deal, Japan will contribute 1 billion yen ($8.4 million) from its state budget in a foundation South Korea will […]

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