Tag Archives: Japan

Japan Marks 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

Hiroshima, Japan.  Japan is marking the 70th anniversary of the United States dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which led to the end of World War II. Tens of thousands of people observed a minute of silence Thursday as bells tolled at the Peace Memorial Park, near the epicenter of the bombing. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi […]

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Despite Heavy Protests, Japan Lower House OKs Expanded Military

Tokyo, Japan.  Japan’s lower house of parliament has approved legislation that would allow an expanded role for the nation’s military in a vote boycotted by the opposition. Japanese soldiers from the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force train in urban assault with American Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade […]

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Optimism Over US-Japan Relations Ahead of Abe’s Visit

Washington, D.C.  There is optimism about strengthening relations between the U.S. and Japan days ahead of a state visit April 28 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. This sentiment was on display after comments by a senior U.S. official in Washington and rare bipartisan support by some members of Congress. Prime […]

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Japan Donates Protective Gear to Ebola Health Workers

Tokyo, Japan.  The first of 700,000 sets of protective gear intended for healthcare workers battling on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa arrived today from Japan and were handed over the United Nations, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the crisis has left some 5 million children out of school. Some […]

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Japan PM Wants Fukushima Plant Closed

Tokyo, Japan.  Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has inspected the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reassure the public over leaks of contaminated water.  Critics have lashed out at Abe for saying the situation is under control but the prime minister has stood by his words. Abe defended his controversial comments about radioactive water […]

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Despite Risks, Tokyo Takes Summer Olympics 2020

Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, after beating Istanbul and Madrid in the final push for the coveted honor. The Japanese capital last hosted the Games in 1964. Madrid was eliminated Saturday in the first round of voting by the International Olympics Committee after final presentations in Argentina’s capital, Buenos […]

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Roosevelt Island Prepares for Third Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

New York, N.Y.  Warm weather is upon us at last, and with it comes the Third Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival. Located under the 59th Street Bridge, across from the United Nations, Roosevelt Island has 600 incredible cherry trees. With the opening of FDR Four Freedom Park, a $50 million improvement to the island […]

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Jim Luce (ジムルース) on Japan & Japanese-Americans

Jim Luce declared East Asian Studies – Japan (Literature) his major during his freshman fall quarter at The College of Wooster.  He went on to spend three semesters in Tokyo and Morioka, and then returned to Tokyo upon his graduation to look for a job.  Unsuccessful, her moved to New York and accepted a position […]

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