Hit board game lets players compete in designing aesthetic rock...
While online smartphone games are all the rage, a new board game in designing a traditional Japanese-style rock garden is showing there is still a market for old-fashioned fun.
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Ground SDF to change command structure to ensure rapid response
The Defense Ministry is moving to place the Ground Self-Defense Force under unified command like the other two branches of the armed services to ensure a speedier response to natural disasters and security threats.
The volcanic crater on Nishinoshima island as seen during an Asahi Shimbun aerial survey on March 4 (Rei Kishitsu)
Volcanic activity on Nishinoshima island far from finished
Volcanic Nishinoshima island south of Tokyo is still growing and will likely continue to spew out lava in the months ahead, according to a researcher who noted a lava tube has formed that is directing molten rock out to sea.
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Foreign Ministry no longer says South Korea shares ‘basic...
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The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in a recent photo before the fourth anniversary of the nuclear accident (Naoko Kawamura)
FOUR YEARS AFTER: 71% of residents dissatisfied with work at...
Around 71 percent of Fukushima Prefecture residents remain dissatisfied with the central government’s handling of the nuclear disaster four years after the triple meltdown forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, a...
Underclass students at the city-run Joshi Shogyo (all-girls commercial) high school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, hand bouquets of flowers to graduating seniors on March 1. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Persevering Miyagi, Iwate students graduate from temporary school...
In the three years that students attended a temporary school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, the landscape outside changed, as the rubble and debris gradually...
Young craftsmen carve reconstruction minister's new seal from...
Nuclear watchdog takes TEPCO to task for delay in leakage report
Entire Joban Expressway set to open with completion of Fukushima...
Trio of approvals in Fukushima seals deal for radioactive soil dump
Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose...
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The bicycle's frame is decorated with a coat of lacquer and "maki-e" gold lacquer work. (Masao Naoi)
Imabari promotes itself with bicycle decorated with 'maki-e'...
IMABARI, Ehime Prefecture--To promote one of the prime bicycling venues in Japan and also local craftsmen, makers of Sakurai lacquerware have completed a bicycle they decorated with a coat of lacquer and "maki-e" gold lacquer...
Fluffy stuffed shiitake mushrooms (Photo by Katsumi Oyama)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Fluffy stuffed shiitake mushrooms bring...
Not all Japanese cuisine is the elegant fare you see at high-end restaurants.
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Ninja council planned for promotional blitz targeting foreign...
Kiss ukiyo-e prints go on sale to rock art industry
Discount train ticket for foreign travelers welcomes visitors to...
Nieces' cute graffiti answer to Shinto priest's prayers at 'snake...
Doraemon, other statues to mark reopening of Kawasaki Athletics...
ANIME NEWS: Anime films topping 1 billion yen shrink to 8 in 2014
U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves a lecture hall for a hospital in Seoul March 5 after being attacked by a man. (AP Photo)
U.S. ambassador to S.Korea slashed on face and wrist in attack
SEOUL--U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a weapon with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said March 5.
China plans to boost military budget by 10.1 percent in 2015
Agents target industry helping Chinese women have U.S. babies
N. Korean factories, farmers given freer hand to make business...
President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People at the start of the National People's Congress on March 5. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China signals 'new normal' with lower annual growth target
BEIJING--China announced an economic growth target for 2015 of around 7 percent on March 5 and said it would boost government spending, signalling that the lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century is the "new...
Mitsubishi delivers 12 spiral escalators to store in China
Toyota promotes U.S. execs, gives power to North American CEO
Hospitable Tokyo wins bragging rights as world's best city to call ...
An Asian brown pond turtle (Provided by the Japan Wildlife Research Center)
Export ban in cards for endangered turtle indigenous to Okinawa
The Environment Ministry said it will ban exports of the Asian brown pond turtle, a species native to islands in southern Japan, in an eleventh hour bid to prevent it going extinct.
Driverless car trials begin on public roads in Ishikawa city
Research group creates cartilage tissue from human iPS cells
'Bearish' nursing-care robot gently assists patients
Worshippers chant a Buddhist sutra, led by a monk invited from Thailand, at Wat Paknam Japan in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Feb. 8. (Ryosuke Ono)
COMMENTARY: Thai expats pray for peace as junta leader visits Japan
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--A temple built in the Theravada Buddhism style and painted in lively colors emerges on the far side of vegetable fields and a grove of leafless trees. Cold winter winds howl in this city, commonly...
EDITORIAL: Talks urgently needed with Okinawa on Henoko seabed...
VOX POPULI: Musashi wreck a grave marker to futility of war
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