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ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, received from Takashi Imai, head of a panel of experts commissioned by Abe, the panel’s final report on a special law for Emperor Akihito’s abdication process at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Friday.

Dual authority a concern for abdication panel

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                                Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, received from Takashi Imai, head of a panel of experts commissioned by Abe, the panel’s final report on a special law for Emperor Akihito’s abdication process at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Friday.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm
A panel’s report expresses concerns over “duality of authority” stemming from the emperor’s abdication. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2014
                                A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employee wearing a radioactive protective gear works by the Advanced Liquid Processing Systems at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

Flexible inspections key for nuclear power firms

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2014
                                A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employee wearing a radioactive protective gear works by the Advanced Liquid Processing Systems at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm
The new framework for inspections of nuclear power plants must incorporate some of the lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A PAC-3 Patriot missile unit is deployed against North Korea’s missile firing at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo.

Poll: Majority backs U.S. pressure on Pyongyang

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                                A PAC-3 Patriot missile unit is deployed against North Korea’s missile firing at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm
Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Yomiuri Shimbun poll are in favor of U.S. moves to increase pressure on North Korea. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / JAN. 10
                                Vandals have splashed an adhesive liquid on April 3 on a torii gateway arch and other structures at Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo. A tourist passes a shrine gate while looking at a map in January at Meiji shrine in Tokyo. The Shinto shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, is one of the top tourist spots in Tokyo.

Temples and shrines plagued by vandalism

ASSOCIATED PRESS / JAN. 10
                                Vandals have splashed an adhesive liquid on April 3 on a torii gateway arch and other structures at Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo. A tourist passes a shrine gate while looking at a map in January at Meiji shrine in Tokyo. The Shinto shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, is one of the top tourist spots in Tokyo.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm
An odorless, adhesive liquid was found splashed on six sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Okinawa prefectures. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A man walked in a earthquake-damaged area Sunday in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan.

Homes need to be built to replace quake losses

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                                A man walked in a earthquake-damaged area Sunday in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes flattened houses and triggered major landslides in southern Japan.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm
About 45,000 quake victims continue to live in temporary housing and private housing rented by evacuees but paid for by the government. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / FEB. 6
                                People walk past official logos of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games posted on the safety wall at a construction site in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi shopping and office district.

Upgrade food safety before Tokyo Olympics

ASSOCIATED PRESS / FEB. 6
                                People walk past official logos of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games posted on the safety wall at a construction site in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi shopping and office district.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm
The organizing committee has decided to limit the foods used during the event to only those which are certified. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Japanese disposable diapers are said to produce fewer skin problems, as they have good absorbency and breathability. Diapers are often snapped up by foreign visitors during shopping sprees.

Diaper makers focus on overseas sales

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Japanese disposable diapers are said to produce fewer skin problems, as they have good absorbency and breathability. Diapers are often snapped up by foreign visitors during shopping sprees.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Disposable diapers are expected to become more popular in China and Southeast Asian countries as the livings tandards in those countries improve. Read More
JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                Artist Beverly Maeda adorns colorful hariko pieces with traditional motifs.

Hariko artist carries on centuries-old craft

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                Artist Beverly Maeda adorns colorful hariko pieces with traditional motifs.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm
The papier-mache artworks are often meant to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Read More