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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 […]

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 […]

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