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Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, a Shinkansen bullet train heads for Tokyo Station on the Tokaido Main Line in Tokyo. Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, “like flying in the sky.”

Posted: October 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan’s Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young

This photo taken on August 7, 2014 shows a replica of a rocket-powered kamikaze attack plane "Oka," ("Cherry Blossom"), displayed at a park beside the former Imperial Navy air base in Kashima, Ibaraki prefecture, where Oka pilots trained. The six-meter (20-foot) aircraft were more like flying bombs, powered by short-lasting engines that would run just long enough to send them spiraling into enemy ships.   AFP

It was only Tokyo’s surrender on August 15, 1945, that saved him from the fate of thousands whose suicide missions came to define Japan’s unrelenting pursuit of victory in the closing stages of World War II. But as the 91-year-old faces his own mortality again, he worries that a rightward political shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, […]

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Powerful typhoon sweeps across Okinawa

Japan Asia Storm

A powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama: US will defend Japan vs China

The tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, are part of the territorial dispute between Japan and China. President Barack Obama (inset) affirmed Thursday that the United States would be obligated to defend Japan against China though he asked all sides to resolve the issue peacefully. AP file photo PHOTO

Showing solidarity with Japan, US President Barack Obama on Thursday affirmed that the United States would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over disputed islands but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Tokyo fair showcases latest sex aids

A man looks at sex toys at a booth of adult goods at the Pink Tokyo 2014 sex toy fair in Tokyo on February 28, 2014. The latest sex aids are no longer simple gadgets, with many now digitised and linked to smartphones -- some manufacturers at a Tokyo fair even insist they are just like home appliances. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA

The latest sex aids are no longer simple gadgets, with many now digitised and linked to smartphones—some manufacturers at a Tokyo fair even insist they are just like home appliances.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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